An unmarked HGV cab, which has been used to catch 5,000 careless drivers on UK motorways, has made its remaining journey.
Over the previous three years, the cab has travelled 99,000 miles on motorways and main A roads because the initiative begun.
On its remaining journey the HGV noticed a fellow lorry driver taking notes behind the wheel.
The incident was caught on digital camera and sees the motive force clearly distracted by a variety of items of A4 paper on his steering wheel.
It was captured on the M6 close to the junction with the M62 final week.
Whereas the present HGV is being faraway from the street, Highways England is now funding three new HGV ‘supercabs’, to proceed caching motorists throughout the UK.
The outdated truck, which has been utilized by police forces throughout the nation, stopped a complete of 5,408 drivers in relation to six,257 offences.
Higher Manchester Police was one of many first police forces to make use of the cab when it was launched in April 2015, and would be the remaining drive to make use of it earlier than a brand new devoted cab for the North goes on patrol from subsequent month.
John Walford, Incident Prevention Supervisor at Highways England, mentioned: “We started the HGV cab initiative three years in the past as a part of the work we’re doing to enhance security on motorways and main A roads, and we’ve been impressed by the impression it’s had.
Lorry driver was caught writing on a pocket book whereas behind the wheel
“Cops have pulled over greater than 5,000 drivers for offences which may have resulted in critical collisions, both as a result of street customers have gotten into unhealthy habits or are merely ignoring the legislation.
Cops have pulled over greater than 5,000 drivers for offences which may have resulted in critical collisions
“We’ve discovered that the overwhelming majority of drivers are smart behind the wheel however some are placing themselves and others in danger, so we’ve due to this fact determined to fund three new HGV cabs to proceed to enhance street security.”
These new supercabs will probably be fitted with wide-angle cameras and be used to seize unsafe driving behaviour.
Not like typical lorries, these automobiles could have a derestricted pace limiter, that means they will journey as much as the nationwide pace restrict.
Along with this they can even be fitted with flashing lights, for use in an emergency.
Chief Inspector Tariq Butt, who leads Higher Manchester Police’s Site visitors Unit, mentioned: “The usage of the HGV cab as a part of Operation Tramline has been an enormous success throughout Higher Manchester during the last three years.
“The ‘supercabs’ will probably be a welcome addition and are essential in elevating continued consciousness of a driver’s tasks, enhancing street security and extra importantly decreasing street casualties.”
For the reason that first lorry was launched, 28 police forces have taken half within the HGV cab security initiative over the previous three years.
Over half of the drivers who have been stopped have been illegally utilizing a cell phone whereas driving, regardless of the most recent statistics displaying that cell phone use is a think about a median of two deaths on the roads each month.
Officers gave verbal recommendation to 537 drivers, issued 1,014 mounted or graduated penalty notices, and filed four,180 visitors offence reviews – often requiring drivers to attend a driver schooling course.
There have been additionally 194 prosecutions for extra critical offences.
The lorry driver was noticed on the M6
The most typical offences filmed utilizing the unmarked HGV cab included:
• utilizing cell phones – 2,971
• not carrying seatbelts – 1,227
• rushing – 331
• not in correct management of automobiles – 310