Warning as bogus inspectors setting up checkpoints targeting farmers
Farmers transporting livestock have been livestock to be vigilant and be certain of identification of anyone asking to inspect their vehicles.
The warning comes from authorities in Northern Ireland after a recent incident where a vehicle transporting livestock was stopped on a motorway by persons purporting to be official inspectors.
Northern Ireland Department of Agriculture Veterinary Enforcement Officer Danny Gray said “our inspectors always carry official identification cards”.
“If in any doubt livestock transporter drivers should therefore ask to see the identification of anyone who attempts to stop or inspect their vehicle.
“While the Department does carry out roadside checks on livestock transport on a regular basis, this is only ever done in conjunction with PSNI, and only in very exceptional circumstances would it be necessary on a motorway.”
Meanwhile Police Officer Supt. Brian Kee reiterated the advice from his colleagues in the Department of Agriculture and urged drivers to ensure they check identification of all inspectors at all times.
“Where a driver suspects a bogus inspector incident we would encourage them to note the registration number of any vehicle they are using and report this to the Police Service."