Trailer ‘escorted off motorway’ following Garda check

A van which was towing a trailer had to be escorted from the motorway this morning (Monday, September 14), according to An Garda Síochána.

The vehicle, which was initially stopped by Gardaí on the M7 in Co. Laois for breaking speed limits, was subsequently found to not be in roadworthy condition.

A fixed charge penalty notice (FCPN) was promptly issued.

Taking to social media, local Gardaí noted:

“Laois Roads Policing Unit stopped a van towing a trailer for a speeding offence on the M7 this morning. When it was stopped one tyre on the trailer was found to be excessively worn.

The vehicle was escorted off the motorway where the tyre was replaced before their journey could continue.

“Fixed charge notice issued,” the Garda post concluded.

On the topic of trailer safety, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) says:

“If you’re towing a trailer, it is your responsibility as the driver to ensure that both the towing vehicle and trailer are safe and mechanically sound, fit for purpose, and legally compliant with all relevant road traffic legislation, i.e. tyres have adequate tread depth and are free from defects, lights and brakes are working and the hitch is in good condition.”

The RSA also notes that the maximum speed limit for a vehicle towing a trailer is 80kph; this applies on all roads.