Police Say Vehicle Standards In Scilly Improving

police landrover backThe standard of vehicle roadworthiness on St Mary’s has improved compared to last year.

Over the past three days, mainland-based traffic officer PC Mike Gamble has checked around 60 vehicles. He’s also visited professional drivers to inspect their vans and cars.

Mike says 33% of motors had defective tyres, which is the most common problem. That figure is high compared to mainland standards but is an improvement on last year when 34 out of 37 vehicles had tyre faults.

There were 12 prohibition notices issued but Mike says most of the problems are easily resolved. 2 defective tyres on the same axel is grounds for a notice, he says.

He says that checks are important because some drivers may not realise that there are faults with their vehicles due to the low driving speed and short journeys undertaken here.

Mike says vehicles in Scilly tend to show a different type of wear and tear compared to the mainland because there aren’t many straight roads and drivers have to turn a lot. He says the tyres are often quite badly damaged after just a year and it also affects the steering and brakes too.

But Mike says he is concerned with one driving practice he noticed in the school car park. Some parents drive away without ensuring the children are properly restrained. He says parents might only be driving a short distance but even light braking could cause the child to be flung forward.

The standard of commercial vehicles in Scilly is very good and he’s noticed that in the last 12 months there are more, newer vehicles here. He says this suggests the older ones that were past their sell-by date, “have gone to a better place.”

6 Responses to Police Say Vehicle Standards In Scilly Improving

  1. William Morris April 19, 2013 at 11:21 am

    To both John and Ian, I am well aware of the fact that the police know when a vehicle is taxed, insured, MOT’d, has criminal history etc… But this should only be their concern if the vehicle in question is being used on the public highways when they spot it. If a vehicle is off the road, on private property, then why ask the owner of that vehicle to inspect it? As I mentioned before, yes it could be taxed but it could have broken down for all they know so it’s off the road being repaired. Yes the owner of a vehicle has a duty to ensure it is road worthy, so fixing major issues is vital, but expecting a vehicle to be at full MOT standard is asking a little too much for a place without MOT’s.

  2. John Smith April 19, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Police vehicle checks here are not a game. We are lucky to have advanced notice of these checks which are not only for the safety of the driver & passengers, but also for other road users & pedestrians. We should not be complacent or feel exempt because we live on an island. Be responsible or quit being a road user.

  3. William Morris April 18, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    The police were still harrassing vehicle owners at home without catching them on the road! Personally I find that to be policing gone a step too far! If your vehicle was on your driveway, or off the public highways in some way, then the poilce don’t have the right to perform random checks on them. For all they know it could be sorned or a work in progress, or perhaps it was broken down and needed repairing. They should stick to catching people out and about in their vehicles, at least the police have good grounds to penalise that driver if their vehicle is not up to a satisfactory standard.

    • IanT April 19, 2013 at 8:47 am

      Sorry to disappoint you, William, but the police know everything about your vehicle – tax, insurance, MoT, SORN, etc. – and it’s instantly accessible via the DVLA datbase

  4. Scillyme April 18, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    This is hardly a surprise.

    Having given us all on the islands the nod as to what was happening, the wise kept their vehicles off the road, so this obviously affected the statistics.

    The police are easily fooled.

  5. Scillyme April 18, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    This is hardly a surprise.

    Having given everbody on the islands the nod as to what was happening, the wise kept their vehicles off the road, so this obviously affected the statistics.