Hazardous road user clamp down in Hailsham - 10 vehicles issued notices

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A multi agency operation took dangerous vehicles off the roads during a clampdown on unsafe road users in Hailsham.

A number of both commercial and private vehicles were stopped during the road safety initiative on Wednesday, May 1.

Ten vehicles were issued with notices for a variety of offences during the clampdown.

Sergeant Dave Morgan from the Roads Policing Unit said the vehicles had proved a “significant and real risk” to other motorists.

Of those found to have hazardous vehicles the offences ranged from tyre and lighting defects and one vehicle which was more than 50 per cent overweight.

In addition, one driver was arrested for possession of cannabis and was later cautioned.

A number of other drivers were reported for offences including using mobiles while driving and not having valid driving documents.

Officers from Sussex Police Roads Policing Unit joined forces with Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), East Sussex Trading Standards and HM Revenue and Customs to conduct the operation.

Sergeant Morgan said: “The offences committed by some drivers were not trivial and posed a significant and real risk to road safety.

“We are committed to doing as much as we can to reduce that risk to law abiding road users.”

He added: “Working with our colleagues from the other agencies enables us to draw upon their specialist knowledge and make a real difference for those living, working or visiting Wealden.”