CARAVANS deemed not fit for purpose will be removed from the roads, warn Dyfed-Powys Police.

Anyone planning to take a caravan to the forthcoming Royal Welsh Show is being reminded that their caravan must be safe and roadworthy.

Police are aware that for many, their caravans are used once a year to attend the prestigious event. 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 to use.

In the countdown to the show, which opens on Monday, July 22, officers have issued advice on how to make sure a caravan is fit for purpose.

Chief Inspector Andy Pitt 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.”

Caravan Safety Advice:

• Check your driving licence. Do you have the correct category to tow?

• Number plates must be fitted to the rear of the caravan. They must comply with the regulations and not be hand-written in pen on caravan OR written on a piece of paper or cardboard

• 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

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