Nearly 70 vehicles have been slapped with defect notices over the past two weeks – with 12 drivers having their motors impounded and facing Parish Hall Enquiries.
Over the course of three road checks in St. Brelade and Trinity conducted by the Police and Honorary Officers, 1,052 vehicles were stopped overall.
The majority of the defect notices handed out related to defective tyres (17) and defective lighting (12).
Seven people’s motors had issues with their bodywork, five with mirrors, three were suffering fuel/oil leaks and one had a broken number plate.
Motor Traffic Inspector Gordon Forrest said it was “particularly concerning that so many vehicles are being stopped with dangerous defects such as tyres, lighting and defective bodywork”, adding that “it highlights the need to carry out these road checks on a regular basis in conjunction with the States of Jersey Police and Honorary Officers.”
Meanwhile, four people had issues with their driving licences, one of whom was driving without a valid licence.
Other problems included insurance issues (12), such as out-of-date window disks, failure to notify DVS of a change of address (1), and foreign vehicles that had not been locally registered (2).
One motorcycle had not undergone a Periodic Technical Inspection.
The initiative comes as a result to Jersey signing up to the Vienna Convention for Road Traffic, allowing islanders to continue driving freely through Europe.
Mr Forrest spoke to Express about the PTI changes and plans to create a new centre for these MOT-style inspections in Jersey in a Bailiwick Podcast last month:
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