Police in Warwickshire have been using their new Commercial Vehicle Unit (CVU) to catch law-breaking drivers as part of Operation Tramline. In just five days they detected 136 offences using a specially adapted HGV “supercab” owned by Highways England.
Inspector Mick Huntley said: “The operation is about keeping people safe on our roads and officers are looking for people that could pose serious danger to themselves and other road users.
“The ‘supercab’ is invaluable because it allows officers to see all road users from an elevated position, giving a much clearer view of what drivers are doing.
“For example, if a driver is using a mobile phone or not wearing their seatbelt. The ‘supercab’ allows our officers to film evidence of unsafe driving behaviour by pulling up alongside vehicles. Anyone we need to speak to is then pulled over by police cars following behind.”
The CVU stopped various vehicles on the M6, M40, M42, M69, and A46 in Warwickshire during the 5-day operation. Of the 136 traffic violations, 15 were caught using a mobile phone at the wheel which carries up to six points on the licence as well as a £200 fine. A further 54 drivers were caught not wearing a seatbelt, which carries a fine of up to £500.
Officers also found one unrestrained child in a car driving at high speed on the motorway, when they should have had a child seat fitted. This too carries a fine of up to £500.
Other offences caught by the CVU include careless driving, speeding, and driving too close to the vehicle in front.
Five vehicles were stopped for having no insurance, and one driver had no licence. In all cases, the vehicles were seized, and in the case of one driver check the driver was arrested for an outstanding warrant.
As well as private vehicles, the CVU used the ‘supercab’ to keep an eye on other commercial vehicles on the region’s roads.
Eleven vehicles were pulled over because they were found to have insecure loads, while police moved 10 HGVs on from the hard shoulder where they had parked to avoid paying fees at service stations.
Foreign vehicles must pay a levy to use the UK’s road network and of five checks carried out, one HGV was issued a Roadside Deposit Notice as the levy had not been paid.
It was also discovered on checking that same HGV’s tachograph that the driver had interfered with it to falsify his hours. He received a £500 on the spot fine and the vehicle was immobilised and the driver forced to take a nine-hour break.
The driver, and the company he works for, were referred to the traffic commissioner due to the serious nature of the offence. The traffic commissioner is responsible for licensing and regulating HGV operators and can also take action against drivers including suspension or revocation of a licence.
Operation Tramline has detected around 600 offences on the Warwickshire Road Network since 2019.
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