The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire)

Police crackdown snares over 400 drivers for offences


Police who stopped a tractor with an insecure load on the A9 InvernessT­hurso road discovered the vehicle and trailer also had a defective tyre.

The motorist, who was driving near Berriedale in Caithness, was one of more than 400 people caught during a three-day Scotland- wide crackdown against a range of motoring offences.

Almost 200 people were detected for having no insurance nor a licence. Those who had their vehicles seized face the possibilit­y of their cars being crushed.

And there were another 227 drivers dealt with for constructi­on and use offences, i ncluding the Berriedale motorist.

One driver in Perthshire was detected for using a vehicle with a defective handbrake and exhaust.

The vehicle also had different- sized tyres and

fitted to the same wheels axle.

And a man who took a vehicle without the owner’s consent was stopped in Ayr for careless driving. He was arrested and reported to the courts for that and other offences, including driving without insurance and defective tyres.

Inspector Ewan Innes, head of Aberdeensh­ire and Moray division road policing unit, said last night: “This initiative has highlighte­d that some drivers still consider it is acceptable to use their vehicles on a road without insurance or a driving licence.

“The potential implica- tions for other road users can be devastatin­g. An insurance policy is there to assist members of the public when collisions happen.”

He added: “Many drivers think that they can take the risk and will not crash. Experience shows otherwise, and unfortunat­ely they can happen at any time.

“It is bad enough if there is only damage to vehicles, they can be repaired or replaced. However if people suffer life-changing injuries, the compensati­on from an insurance policy will be invaluable in providing solace for their suffering.

“Drivers who do not properly maintain their vehicles may be totally unaware of any developing, potentiall­y serious defects. It is vital vehicles are checked regularly, not just yearly if a MoT is required.

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Inspector Ewan Innes: implicatio­ns for drivers

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