Unmarked HGVs to target dangerous driving on England’s motorways

Three new unmarked HGVs will be let loose on England’s motorways and A roads to crack down on dangerous drivers

The unmarked HGVs will patrol the roads to track down motorists using mobile phones and committing other offences

The HGVs have been fitted with wide-angle cameras to capture unsafe driving behaviour. They also have had flashing lights installed in case of an emergency. The lorries also have a derestricted speed limiter to allow police officers to chase down drivers who try to outrun them.

Richard Leonard, Highways England’s head of road safety, said: “Highways England has been funding a single cab for the past couple of years and we’ve been impressed with the impact it’s had on improving safety.

“We’ve found that the vast majority of drivers are sensible behind the wheel but a few have got into bad habits, or are simply ignoring the law and putting themselves and others at risk.

“We’ve therefore decided to fund two extra unmarked HGV cabs to continue to target dangerous driving on England’s motorways and major A roads.

In total, 28 police forces have taken part in the HGV cab safety initiative since it began in April 2015, pulling over 4,176 drivers in relation to 5,039 offences in its first two years.

The cabs allow police officers to film evidence of unsafe driving behaviour by pulling up alongside vehicles. Drivers are then pulled over by police cars following behind.

Nearly two thirds of the drivers who were stopped were illegally using a mobile phone while driving, despite the latest statistics showing that mobile phone use is a factor in an average of two deaths on the roads every month.

Offenders were also caught watching DVDs, brushing their teeth, reading books and even boiling a kettle.