A third of lorries on the A4 found with defects

The dual carriageway at Newton St Loe

Three years after the horrific lorry crash in Weston village which killed a child and three adults, recent spot checks on the A4 outside Bath revealed that a third of lorries stopped were defective.

In a day of action last month, Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Road Safety Team joined the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and the Police Tri Force Special Operations Unit (Avon & Somerset Police, Wiltshire Police & Gloucestershire Police) to carry out spot checks on the Lower Bristol Road and the Newton St Loe bypass. Of 40 light and heavy goods vehicles stopped, 14 had defects, five of which resulted in them being taken off the road immediately.  Another four were issued with defect notices for corrosion, oil leak and transmission issues which require the lorry to undergo a further MOT test once repairs are made. The other penalties were for tachograph and driver’s hours issues while two drivers had no licence.

Local enforcement manager for the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency, Peter Bull, said: “DVSA’s priority is protecting you from unsafe drivers and vehicles.

“By working jointly with Bath & North East Somerset Council and the police, we’ve been able to target and take action against unsafe commercial drivers and vehicles in Bath.”

A similar operation is planned for later in the year.