Unmarked police vans to catch dangerous driving
Unmarked police vans have been deployed across the UK to catch motorists who are dangerous driving.
Any driver committing an offence on the UK’s roads are likely to be caught following a new police scheme which sees HGVs, fitted with video cameras, parked on major routes.
These police vehicles are expected to be appearing on motorways and A-roads across the country from this spring.
The nationwide deployment comes after a three-month trial was carried out in Sussex, Hampshire, Surrey, Thames Valley and Warwickshire.
During the pilot of Operation Tramline, 462 offences were reported, with most of them relating to mobile phone and seat belt crimes.
Police have said HGVs provide them with an “ideal viewing platform” to observe drivers’ actions.
Operation Tramline aims to lower the amount of driving offences committed including; using a mobile phone while driving, drink driving, speeding and not wearing a seat belt.
The RAC Foundation has welcomed the operation by police.
Director of the RAC Foundation, Professor Stephen Glaister said: “Police will literally be looking down on drivers to check they are concentrating and not being distracted by the latest message on their phone.
“Motorways are our safest roads but given the speeds involved and the mix of traffic, when things go wrong the results can be serious.”