Vehicles seized in police school run safety check-up

POLICE have checked more than 160 vehicles to ensure the safety of school transport.

The eight-day operation was conducted across the Northumbria force last month.

Officers from the Roads Policing Unit were joined by local authority staff, officers from HM Revenue and Customs and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA).

In total, 165 vehicles were checked, including buses, coaches, taxis and minibuses.

Two were seized where drivers had no insurance or were driving without an appropriate licence, six drivers were reported for road traffic offences, three fixed penalty notices were issued, 11 vehicles were issued with VOSA prohibitions and four were given advisory notices.

Seventeen drivers were given verbal warnings for minor vehicle defects and 17 notices were issued by councils for infringements.

Roads Policing Acting Sergeant Steve Clare said: “The operation shows that the vast majority of vehicles used to transport children to school are safe and meet the stringent standards required.

“The reaction we got from the schools and staff we visited was extremely positive and it’s clear they understand that the ultimate aim of the operation is keeping our children safe.

“The prohibition notices issued mean owners can no longer use those vehicles until defects are fixed and ensures their safety, as well as that of other road users. These sorts of operations are yet another tool we can use to promote road safety by making essential checks. We know the vast majority of people are law abiding and the aim of operations such as this is to ensure we deal with those who aren’t.”