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Police Scotland officers detect numerous offences during winter road safety checks on the A82 in the Highlands

By Philip Murray

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Police Scotland news.
Police Scotland news.

DOZENS of vehicles have been stopped on the A82 and checked by police as part of efforts to ensure they are safe for winter.

Officers carried out a day of action on the busy trunk route, during which they stopped more than 60 vehicles.

The majority were in good condition and ready for winter conditions.

But some offences were detected, including failing to have the proper insurance and MOT in place, tachograph offences and lighting offences.

Constable Ross McTaggart, from the Road Policing Unit in Fort William, which carried out the checks, said: “It is as we head into the winter months it is important to ensure vehicles and drivers are prepared for the change in road conditions, particularly here in the Highlands where the weather can be very challenging and unpredictable.

"I would encourage drivers to check their vehicles before we experience the first of the wintry conditions. Some simple steps can be taken to prepare such as checking lights on vehicles to make sure they are in good working order, ensure tyres have sufficient tread, check windscreen washer fluid levels and look out scrapers for clearing frost and ice from your vehicle can make all the difference."

You can find more information about winter road safety at the Police Scotland website.

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