The vast majority of the 275 vehicles that passed through a St Martin road check were in good condition. However, six commercial vehicles were impounded, eight drivers were issued with defect notices and three drivers have to produce their insurance documentation at St Martin Public Hall.
Between 7.30am and 9.30am on Thursday 28 February 2013 officers from Driver and Vehicle Standards (DVS), the States of Jersey Police roads policing unit, Honorary Police of St Martin and Customs and Immigration joined forces to conduct a road check on La Rue a Don.
The driver of a medium goods vehicle was stopped due to a visible oil leak. On further investigations it was found that this driver held the incorrect driving licence for a medium goods vehicle and was therefore required to attend an enquiry at St Martin Public Hall. A further 5 commercial vehicles were impounded with defective brakes and worn tyres
One driver, recently arrived to live in the Island, has to exchange his domestic driving licence for a Jersey licence and an additional eight drivers were issued defect notices for minor defects including broken mirrors, defective lights and worn wiper blades and were required to produce their vehicles at DVS with the problems rectified.
Three drivers, whose vehicle were not displaying valid insurance discs, have to produce their driving and insurance documentation at St Martin Public Hall.
Acting Senior Motor Traffic Officer, Chris Le Maistre commented: “Although most of the vehicles passing through the check were in good condition, I was really concerned that six commercial vehicles were impounded for defective brakes and worn tyres, and that a driver was holding the incorrect driving licence for the category of vehicle he was driving following a disqualification. Owners and drivers should be conducting routine checks to ensure their vehicles are roadworthy. We were also able to advise some relatively new drivers to the Island of the procedure for exchanging their home country licences for Jersey licences.”