Scilly’s Vehicles Expected To Meet Mainland Standards Say Police
Mainland officer PC Mike Gamble and Vehicle Examiner Mark Richards completed four days of inspections on St Mary’s on Thursday.
54 vehicles were checked. That’s fewer than in 2014 but Mike says hiring a ramp at Nike Engineering allowed more detailed examinations, which took longer.
The owner of one private vehicle was told to take it off the road due to its poor state.
The Council’s smaller dustcart also needed work on its tyres before it was allowed back on the highway and Sergeant Colin Taylor says more vehicles from of the Town Hall’s fleet failed the inspection, but they are used at the Moorwell dump, which is considered a private road.
PC Gamble says vehicle standards have improved during five years of visits and commercial operators generally look after their vans, lorries and taxis.
Some owners send them away for MOTs and Mike says locals now know what is expected of them.
Whilst there’ll still be a degree of leniency for issues like dashboard warning lights that are harder to repair here, structural defects and bald tyres are not acceptable and in the future will result in penalties or prohibition.
The Police say they will phase out the extra allowance that has been made for islanders to bring us inline with mainland standards.
Mike will discuss how the change can be applied with Sergeant Colin Taylor and Inspector Jean Phillips.