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Nine out of ten vehicles inspected found to have defect

JUST one out of ten vehicles inspected by police officials and DVA officials in Cookstown last month, was given a clean bill.

One of the cars checked, say police, “was found to be in such a dangerous condition that it required the assistance of a breakdown vehicle to transport it home, due to springs having been cut and various other dangerous defects.”

A PSNI spokesperson said the inspection was carried out on September 17 by officers from Cookstown Neighbourhood Policing Team working in partnership with the Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) in response to a number of concerns which had been raised by members of the public about road safety.

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“Between 8pm and 11pm that evening, a total of 10 vehicles were inspected. Eight vehicles received fixed penalty tickets as well as a number of vehicle rectification notices.

“Defects ranged from defective tyres, leaking brake pipes, illegally tinted windows (obstructing view), and a badly rusted underneath chassis. One vehicle was outstanding and received a clear bill of health with no defects.”

Neighbourhood Sergeant Downey said safety must be paramount for all drivers. “Regardless of whether your vehicle has received an MOT exemption or has just passed its MOT, you still need to maintain it so that it is safe for the roads. Think of your own safety as well as the safety of others.”

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