Truck and bus drivers have been receiving extra attention from Northumbria Police this week, as the force takes part in Operation Truck and Bus.
Created by TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network, the operation is a Europe-wide initiative which began on Monday and runs through until the end of the week.
Officers have been carrying out increased checks, checking driving and rest times, monitoring tachometers, investigating loads and seeking to improve road safety.
So far dozens of trucks and busses have been stopped, with 11 prohibition notices served.
Inspector Paul Allen of the force’s Motor Control department said: “Checks are carried out all year round but Operations like this give us a chance to delve a little deeper, stopping more drivers.
“So far over 10 prohibition notices have been handed out, making our roads a safer place.
“Thanks to all our road safety partners along with the haulage, bus and coach industry for helping us to promote safe and responsible driving, which will help us reduce casualties and accidents on the road.”