Friday 17 May 2019 12:38 AM UTC
LONDON May 17: Highways England has confirmed that three undercover police HGVs used to catch motorists breaking the law on the country’s motorways have recorded more than 3,000 driving offences in the last year.
The unmarked HGVs have been used by officers to film motorists using their phones at the wheel, as well as other misdemeanors as part of an operation funded by the government agency.
Among the many cases was an instance of one lorry driver snapped holding his credit card and mobile phone to make an online payment while he motored along the M40 near Leamington Spa in Warwickshire.
Police have been using the plain HGVs to catch law-breaking drivers ,as the cabs give officers an elevated position to observe and film unsafe driving on England’s motorways and major A-roads as part of Operation Tramline.
The number of offences being recorded has fallen, though, with Highways England reporting last year that undercover HGV units had caught around 4,000 drivers breaking the rules over the previous 12 months.
The unmarked HGVs will soon be deployed on the M1 motorway in coming weeks, confirmed Highways England head of road safety, Richard Leonard.
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