Officers in Gwent target HGV drivers driving illegally
Officers in Gwent have this month taken part in an operation to target HGV drivers driving illegally, in effort to help reduce road traffic collisions involving goods vehicles over 7.5 tonnes.
The aim of the operation was to conduct high profile enforcement patrols to identify offences that fall under ‘the Fatal Five’ – speeding, alcohol, drugs, mobile phones and seatbelts.
Officers targeted domestic and foreign commercial drivers throughout the operation using trained officers from the Area Support Unit.
Using a HGV borrowed from Highways Agency England, officers were able to drive with a spotter situated in the passenger side to observe and record any offences.
Marked Area Support Unit vehicles were then able to stop the offending vehicle and inform the driver of the reason of the stop and deal with the offence.
Over four days, officers issued:
1 Section 59 notice – car seized for anti-social driving
5 Traffic Offence Reports for HGV drivers driving whilst using a mobile phone
3 Traffic Offence Reports for no MOT
1 Traffic Offence Report for driving without due care
3 Section 165 notices – three vehicles seized for driving with no licence or insurance
(Traffic Offence Reports have now replaced Fixed Penalty Notices for road traffic offences. Traffic Offence Reports are submitted to the Central Ticket Office where suitable and subsequent action will be taken.)
Area Support Unit Inspector, Gavin Clifton explained: “The majority of professional HGV drivers were doing exactly that, being professional. They were driving safely, not distracted and wearing their seatbelts.
“This is the first time we’ve conducted this sort of operation in Gwent – using a HGV vehicle made it easier for our officers to see into the cabs of these vehicles, which is something we cannot normally do.
“There is a significant number of road traffic collisions involving goods vehicles over 7.5 tonnes or passenger carrying vehicles where injury has occurred. This operation aimed to address commercial vehicle drivers’ behaviours to ultimately reduce casualties on the road network within the Gwent Force area.”
Source:: Gwent Police News