Solihull Multi Agency vehicle check uncovers some seriously heavy loads

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Solihull Trading Standards joined forces today with Solihull Licensing, West Midlands Police, HM Revenue & Customs and other agencies to carry out checks on vehicles travelling in the Solihull area.

On a particularly ‘crisp’ January day, taxis, vans, lorries and cars were stopped and numerous checks were made in relation to their roadworthiness and overall legality. Solihull Trading Standards dealt with several cases of vehicles being unsafely overweight. One van was almost 1.5 TONNES over the legal limit and constituted a grave danger to its driver and other road users. We will take the appropriate action in dealing with the offences.

Solihull will continue to do our utmost in 2016 to ensure that the public in the borough are safe. If you have any information that would suggest otherwise please contact us via Citizens Advice on 03454 04 05 06.



Coventry car traders ordered to clean up their acts


Three Coventry car traders have accepted formal undertakings to trade fairly following complaints from customers. If they breach the undertakings they could have their assets seized, receive a fine or a prison sentence up to two years per offence for contempt of court. See the article here:

The Enterprise Act is an enforcement route Trading Standards can use as an alternative to formal criminal prosecution. If consumer interests are being collectively hurt by the trading practice binding undertakings can be taken from the trader.