These lorries could be watching what you’re doing on the motorway and hand you fines
A number of unmarked HGV lorries will now patrol UK motorways to catch out distracted drivers flouting road rules.
The UK police force has now recruited a fleet of HGV supercabs to track down and catch motorists flouting distracted driving rules.
Officers will be using these vehicles to exclusively clampdown on distracted drivers on the motorway.
Dubbed ‘Operation Tramline’ uses unrestricted ‘supercabs’ are fitted with super wide angle cameras to track down drivers flouting rules such as mobile phone driving laws.
These supercabs act as a better vantage point for officers than a traditional car or bike.
They are followed in tandem by unmarked police cars and bikes, which are still used to stop and penalise motorists, once an offence is detected by the cab.
Highways England was the brainchild behind the ‘supercab,’ which has previously been a success in the UK.
The initial scheme took place in 2014, where one HGV managed to catch 4,000 distracted drivers over the course of two years.
Now, the fleet will consist of three supercabs which will be circulated among the various police forces across Britain.
PC Darren Cornwall, of Surrey and Sussex RPU, said: “Working together with Highways England, we were once again able to work in a cost effective way towards our joint aim to provide a safe and reliable road transport system for all drivers.
“Using the new ‘supercab’ with an increased height enabled us to spot far more drivers committing ‘fatal four’ offences than we would usually be able to detect at a lower level.
“It was a very successful operation and we hope it will remind motorists that they should always drive safely, and that even though they might not see a marked police car nearby, it doesn’t mean they aren’t being watched.”
Two officers operate the cab at once – one driver and one spotter.
The spotter’s job is to locate a motorist committing an offence and record it.
The cabs are followed by a succession of unmarked police car and motorcycle.
Offences that fall into the ‘fatal four’ category include drink/drug-driving, speeding, using handheld devices and not wearing a seatbelt.