Road sweeper seized in Essex Police road blitz in Southend

Southend Standard: Road sweeper seized in Essex Police road blitz in Southend Road sweeper seized in Essex Police road blitz in Southend

A ROAD sweeper was among a number of vehicles seized during a police operation.

The 13.5tonne hired sweeper, which was not operating on behalf of the council, was stopped during a sweep of Southend.

The driver was found behind the wheel with a standard car driving licence, despite requiring a special Category C licence.

The driver received a ticket and faces a £100 fine and three points on his licence, while the sweeper itself was seized and the owner will have to pay for it to be released.

The operation involved officers doing roadside checks and mobile patrols. Throughout the day, 198 vehicles were stopped, 30 did not have an up-to-date MOT, 29 motorists were not wearing a seatbelt and 26 were using mobile phones whilst driving. Eight vehicles were seized because motorists were driving without insurance or a licence.

Adam Pipe, Essex Police’s casualty reduction manager, said: “If you take that as a snapshot of only seven hours in one day, it’s worrying, particularly the number of vehicles without MOTs. If there’s a problem with the mechanical condition of your car, it could cause a collision, particularly in winter time.”

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9:08am Tue 28 Jan 14

supermadmax says...

Brilliant work lads, now that has been dealt with will you be getting to work on the bent copper (and his violent colleagues) from yesterday ?
Brilliant work lads, now that has been dealt with will you be getting to work on the bent copper (and his violent colleagues) from yesterday ? supermadmax

9:51am Tue 28 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

So someone thought to hire a road sweeper and sweep southends roads...free of charge off his own back without SBC's knowledge, ..a bit eccentric and How could you Hire one without the Hire company not checking a License, odd.
So someone thought to hire a road sweeper and sweep southends roads...free of charge off his own back without SBC's knowledge, ..a bit eccentric and How could you Hire one without the Hire company not checking a License, odd. DogsMessInLeigh

12:02pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Ian P says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
So someone thought to hire a road sweeper and sweep southends roads...free of charge off his own back without SBC's knowledge, ..a bit eccentric and How could you Hire one without the Hire company not checking a License, odd.
Where in the story did it say that the person driving it was the person who actually hired it?
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: So someone thought to hire a road sweeper and sweep southends roads...free of charge off his own back without SBC's knowledge, ..a bit eccentric and How could you Hire one without the Hire company not checking a License, odd.[/p][/quote]Where in the story did it say that the person driving it was the person who actually hired it? Ian P

12:36pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Ed Woods says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
So someone thought to hire a road sweeper and sweep southends roads...free of charge off his own back without SBC's knowledge, ..a bit eccentric and How could you Hire one without the Hire company not checking a License, odd.
When new housing estates are built often the builders hire a road sweeper to clear up the mud vehicles travelling from the site spread on local roads - often as part of the planning permission they have to clear up the roads.
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: So someone thought to hire a road sweeper and sweep southends roads...free of charge off his own back without SBC's knowledge, ..a bit eccentric and How could you Hire one without the Hire company not checking a License, odd.[/p][/quote]When new housing estates are built often the builders hire a road sweeper to clear up the mud vehicles travelling from the site spread on local roads - often as part of the planning permission they have to clear up the roads. Ed Woods

5:24pm Tue 28 Jan 14

abd123 says...

When you hire them it is vehicle and driver. The hire company also commit an offence if the driver is not licensed.
When you hire them it is vehicle and driver. The hire company also commit an offence if the driver is not licensed. abd123

7:06pm Tue 28 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Ian P wrote:
DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
So someone thought to hire a road sweeper and sweep southends roads...free of charge off his own back without SBC's knowledge, ..a bit eccentric and How could you Hire one without the Hire company not checking a License, odd.
Where in the story did it say that the person driving it was the person who actually hired it?
So you are saying he stole it then, you could be wrong as the police would have nicked him for something else.
[quote][p][bold]Ian P[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: So someone thought to hire a road sweeper and sweep southends roads...free of charge off his own back without SBC's knowledge, ..a bit eccentric and How could you Hire one without the Hire company not checking a License, odd.[/p][/quote]Where in the story did it say that the person driving it was the person who actually hired it?[/p][/quote]So you are saying he stole it then, you could be wrong as the police would have nicked him for something else. DogsMessInLeigh

7:12pm Tue 28 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Ed Woods wrote:
DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
So someone thought to hire a road sweeper and sweep southends roads...free of charge off his own back without SBC's knowledge, ..a bit eccentric and How could you Hire one without the Hire company not checking a License, odd.
When new housing estates are built often the builders hire a road sweeper to clear up the mud vehicles travelling from the site spread on local roads - often as part of the planning permission they have to clear up the roads.
I agree...but when it says...'a sweep of southend' you naturally think the southend streets plus these operations are usually in one part(a busy route) for a few hours pulling people up as they pass through then they move on to another part so the sweeper must of been sweeping through, unless the report is a bit off the mark which wouldn't be the first time, whats the chances the sweeper driver looked a bit young and got a pull..?
[quote][p][bold]Ed Woods[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: So someone thought to hire a road sweeper and sweep southends roads...free of charge off his own back without SBC's knowledge, ..a bit eccentric and How could you Hire one without the Hire company not checking a License, odd.[/p][/quote]When new housing estates are built often the builders hire a road sweeper to clear up the mud vehicles travelling from the site spread on local roads - often as part of the planning permission they have to clear up the roads.[/p][/quote]I agree...but when it says...'a sweep of southend' you naturally think the southend streets plus these operations are usually in one part(a busy route) for a few hours pulling people up as they pass through then they move on to another part so the sweeper must of been sweeping through, unless the report is a bit off the mark which wouldn't be the first time, whats the chances the sweeper driver looked a bit young and got a pull..? DogsMessInLeigh

8:01pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Mikkel1 says...

WHEN they have finished there, can they come to South West Norfolk where we don't have any unless HM The Queen is about?
WHEN they have finished there, can they come to South West Norfolk where we don't have any unless HM The Queen is about? Mikkel1

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