Police operation to check out vehicles

Operation Mermaid at the Tyne Tunnel.
Operation Mermaid at the Tyne Tunnel.

More than 50 vehicles have been stopped as part of a road safety operation.

Officers from Northumbria Police’s motor patrols unit, supported by VOSA and HMRC Road Fuel Unit, stopped a total of 57 vehicles during Operation Mermaid.

Six vehicles were seized, four in relation to driving licence offences and two insurance offences.

Two fixed penalty notices were issued for tyre offences and four warnings for construction and use offences.

A total of 51 commercial vehicles and two private vehicles were checked for diesel fuel offences, and 17 vehicle prohibitions were issued by VOSA staff relating to various offences.

Chief Inspector John Heckels, from Northumbria Police motor patrols, said: “This was a high profile operation where commercial vehicles were stopped at random on the road in a bid to promote road safety and take action against anyone flouting the regulations.”

The checks took place on Wednesday, October 8, between 9am and 3.30pm on the A19 at the Tyne Tunnel north and southbound.