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HGV continues to help police detect dangerous motorists

Thursday 7th December 2017


A HGV cab loaned to police forces by Highways England has helped officers apprehend more than 4,000 dangerous drivers over the last two years.

Since the initiative was launched in April 2015, 28 police forces across England have used the HGV cab - and have pulled over 4,176 drivers in relation to more than 5,000 offences.

Officers have issued 838 fixed or graduated penalty notices, and written 3,318 traffic offence reports – usually requiring attendance at a driver education course. Verbal advice has been given to 388 drivers, while there have also been 113 prosecutions for ‘more serious offences’.

Looking at reasons why drivers were stopped, using a mobile phone leads the way (2,508), followed by not wearing seatbelts (901), not in proper control of a vehicle (253) and speeding (249).

Highways England says the elevated position of the HGV cab allows police officers to film unsafe driving behaviour. Offending drivers are then pulled over by police officers travelling in cars following behind.

Richard Leonard, Highways England’s head of road safety, said: “The HGV cab has been patrolling motorways and major A roads over the past couple of years with the aim of improving road safety.

“The vast majority of drivers are sensible behind the wheel but a few have got into bad habits, or are simply ignoring the law and putting themselves and others at risk.

“It’s shocking that around two thirds of the drivers that were stopped were using their phones when the statistics show that mobile phone use contributes to two deaths every month on the roads.”

Chief constable Anthony Bangham, National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for roads policing, said: “Police forces are committed to keeping our roads safe and partnership with Highways England is absolutely crucial for that, as we can see from the thousands of offences detected by the HGV cab.

“Together with targeted local action by police officers, this has become an important element of our intelligence-led operations against dangerous driving.”


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This report is unjustly conflating safety and legality. I don't think we would accept a statement saying that the drivers who weren't found to be contravening any of the regulations were all safe drivers. Similarly, I don't think we can justly say that drivers found to contravening any of the assumed-liability technical offences mentioned in this article are necessarily unsafe or dangerous drivers. In fact, I think that if I wasn't wearing a seat-belt, I would be a very safe driver indeed!
Charles, England

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The driver in the photo seems to be giving his full attention to the task of driving his lorry doesn't he Charles! Ironic that the plethora of door mirrors around his cab have been put there to help him to see more.
Hugh Jones, Cheshire

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Oh Charles, you are a silly boy. Drivers who fail to wear a seat belt more often than not have a very casual attitude to all aspects of road safety legislation, not just the Seat Belt Regulations.

If you were stationary at the rear of a tailback of traffic on a motorway, with an artic heading towards your car, would you prefer it to be driven by someone with a somewhat flexible attitude to things like vehicle checks, alcohol & drug consumption, driver's hours, breaks, phone use, speeding, etc., or would you rather have it under the control of someone who strove to do his job as safely as possible?
David, Suffolk

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