Police checks on A7

POLICE and government motor inspectors have mounted a two-day purge on a main road in the Borders.

They pulled over drivers in a joint initiative at lay-byes on the A7 to the north and south of Selkirk.

A spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police said the main target was small goods vehicles and vans during the check between 8am and 2.30pm on Wednesday of last week and on Sunday.

Officers issued three prohibition notices, one of which took the vehicle off the road immediately because of what they described as a dangerous fault in the steering system.

Four offers to rectify faults were given as well as warnings about faulty lights.

The clamp-down involved stopping 54 small vans, nine medium and large goods vehicles, six flatbed lorries, two tractors and a vehicle being used for driver-training purposes. The government’s Vehicle and Operator Services Agency joined the operation.