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Police issue caravan seizure warning

Created on 19/07/2018 @ 13:25
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Local young farmers and those heading to next week’s Royal Welsh Show from the Newtown area with caravans are being warned they will be taken off the road if they are not safe.

This weekend will see an exodus of people from north Powys heading to the showground at Llanelwedd, with many taking caravans to stay throughout the week.

But Dyfed-Powys Police has said it will seize any caravans deemed not fit for purpose, as they launch a campaign to coincide with the start of the school holidays and the Royal Welsh Show.

"Police are aware that for many attending the show, their caravans are used once a year but this can often lead to caravans in desperate need of repair being taken on a road trip with no real consideration of whether it is safe," said a statement.

In the countdown to the show, which opens on Monday, July 23, officers have issued advice on how to make sure a caravan is fit for purpose. Last month, a number of vehicles were seized during an operation on the by-pass.

Chief Inspector Matt Scrase said: “We see a high number of Royal Welsh Show visitors staying in touring caravans. Some bring caravans which I’m amazed even make the journey to the end of the road.

“This may be a cost-effective way for people to enjoy the full duration of what the Royal Welsh Show has to offer, but in all seriousness it could come with a high price if the condition of the caravan were to cause a collision or cause some sort of incident on the caravan site.

“I strongly advise people to use make sure their caravans are in a suitable condition to make the journey to Builth Wells.

“We will be carrying out spot checks on caravans making their way to the show and if defects are found we could seize the caravan for everyone’s safety.”

·      Caravans must be registered so it can legally be driven on the roads
·      Check coupling and safety chains are in good condition
·      Ensure brakes and external lights are working correctly
·      Check wheels, tyres, wheel bearings and suspensions are in good condition. This is particularly important if the caravan has been stationary for some time
·      Tyres should be all the same type and size and have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm. also check the pressure
·      The spare wheel is in good condition and present
·      Check gas bottles are full, turned off and secured
·      Be sure you know how to attach your caravan to the towing vehicle safely. Ensure that stabilisers, breakaway cables and lighting cables are all attached.

Photo: Police checking vehicles on the Welshpool bypass

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