FOUR coaches visiting Alton Towers have been taken off the road for urgent repairs following a targeted Public Service Vehicle Check at the resort.
Officers from Staffordshire Police's Tactical Policing Team, the Moorlands Local Policing Team, and the Vehicle Operating Standards Agency (VOSA) conducted the operation on Friday, July 18.
Assisted by The Vehicle Inspectorate, 57 vehicles were checked by the team of officials.
VOSA issued four immediate 'prohibitions' for faulty brakes, a suspension fault and two insecure fittings.
Five delayed prohibitions were issued for oil leaks, breaches of drivers' hours and missing safety equipment.
One company was reported for using a coach without a current test certificate.
All drivers were checked to ensure each had the correct category of licence/training and for any criminal convictions.
A spokesman for the Police Tactical Policing Team said: "This operation supported the European TISPOL campaign, Operation Tourist.
"This European initiative is always well received by operators and passengers, no matter where it is conducted.
"It focuses efforts to ensure that these vehicles are safe and drivers are appropriately qualified.
"Given the financially challenging times, it helps to also ensure that there is an even playing field for all businesses to operate on."
PC Dave Stubbs, the Cheadle Local Neighbourhood Officer, added: "Given the time of year there is always an increased number of passenger carrying vehicles being used by schools, colleges and holidaymakers, hence the European initiative.
"Alton Towers welcomed the check to ensure that the wider community, local residents and visitors travelling in these larger vehicles are safe.
"We will continue to assist Staffordshire Police Tactical Policing Team in the excellent work they do in keeping our roads safe.
"Road safety is a concern raised by the local community in the majority of meetings I attend.
"We will assist in this and/or similar operations in the future to ensure our roads remain as safe as they can possibly be."