News in brief: Roads and Transport Policing Command continue to crackdown on unsafe Limo
The Metropolitan Police Roads and Transport Policing Command continued its clampdown – Operation Kansas – on unsafe Limos on Saturday, 28 February, to help ensure limousines and other novelty vehicles were roadworthy and adhering to safety standards.
Officers from the RTPC’s Commercial Vehicle Unit, and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) carried out on-the-spot checks in central London to crack down on those vehicles putting the public in serious danger by not adhering to strict safety standards.
The results from the weekend clampdown are as follows:
- 5 drivers will be summonsed to court for mechanical defects
- 2 Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) issued for mechanical defects
- 2 vehicle issued with a prohibition notice for exceeding driver hours
- 1 arrest for drink drive
- 6 drivers issued with graduated FPNs for exceeding driver hours
Officers also engaged with members of the public to talk to them about public safety and vehicle safety issues.
As a result of combining the expertise and powers of the DVSA and the Met, Operation Kansas – which has been running in central London since March 2012 – has achieved a change in the operation of the luxury limousines and novelty vehicles business, with many non-compliant operators going out of business and other operators now conforming to vehicle and driver standards for public service.
The operation, which is significantly funded by Transport for London (TfL) has set out to use enforcement to improve the standards of operations for limousines and other novelty vehicles, to ensure they are roadworthy and safe for passenger transport with the strong support of TfL Commissioner and the Traffic Commissioners.