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A47 and A11 operation by Norfolk Police driving tractor units enjoys success after detecting 191 offences

Norfolk Police have completed a successful operation targetting HGVs on the A47 and A11, detecting 191 offences between May 4 and May 6.

Operation Tramline involved officers being provided with tractor units by Highways England, which allowed officers to carry out patrols across the strategic road network in Norfolk and focus on offences committed by lorry drivers.

The HGV tractor unit, which was driven by a police officer, provides an ideal vantage point meaning officers can look into cabs of other lorry drivers or looking down at cars or vans.

Police detected 191 offences in three days.
Police detected 191 offences in three days.

Supporting officers would then be on hand to stop any offenders.

A total of 125 vehicles were stopped, including 43 HGVs and 63 LGVs.

191 offences were detected and the drivers in question were issued with Traffic Offence Reports (TORs), some having committed more than one offence.

A total of 191 TORs were issued, made up of the following offences:

  • 36 for not wearing a seatbelt
  • 72 for construction and use
  • 14 for using a mobile phone
  • 36 for an insecure load
  • 12 weight offences
  • 4 for no insurance or no licence
  • 10 for number plate offences
  • 2 for driving without due care and attention
  • 5 for excess speed

Inspector Simon Jones in the Joint Roads and Armed Policing Team said: "The use of this HGV tractor unit over the three days has given us an ideal vantage point to spot a number of offences. These results show that enforcement days like these are thoroughly needed.

"This operation shows we will use any tools available to us to monitor and where necessary prosecute all manner of traffic offences and these operations will occur again and again.

"Our teams have stopped 125 vehicles and reported drivers for over 190 offences, with 2 vehicles being seized. Whilst it is pleasing to see so many vehicles being stopped and checked, it is equally disappointing to see so many offences committed over a relatively short period of time.”

Anthony Thorpe, Highways England Incident Prevention Project Manager said: "The HGV cab project, which is funded by Highways England, patrols motorways and major A roads with the aim of improving road safety. It provides an ideal viewing platform for police officers to identify dangerous driving behaviour that can be difficult to spot from standard police patrol vehicles – for example texting while driving.

"Highways England is committed to working collaboratively with our partners to improve road safety and we will continue to use the HGV cab to tackle deaths and serious injuries and to encourage people to improve how they drive.”

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