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Police on an anonymous HGV catches distracted drivers

Posted by Eleonora Malacarne on 21 July 2021 09:00:00 BST

Police driving an unmarked HGV cab have caught motorists on the motorway breaking the law, with 85 offences detected during a week-long operation.

The operation, known as Operation Tramline, has been conducted in the UK by West Mercia Police teaming up with Highways England.

Roads policing officers have been driving an unmarked HGV cab which offers an elevated position, allowing police officers to film risky behaviour and distracted driving, such as mobile phone use and seatbelt misuse.

The plain white HGV tractor unit loaned to West Mercia Police by Highways England has been used across the country enabling officers to crack down on motorists who break the law, first taking to the road in 2018.

Superintendent Gareth Morgan of West Mercia Police said: “During this operation officers have witnessed a number of drivers not wearing seatbelts and using their phones behind the wheel.

“There have been various education campaigns highlighting these particular issues so there really is no excuse for people not to know what the law states or the penalties they can receive when they are caught.”

He continued: “This Operation is a great demonstration of joint partnership working with Highways England where the ultimate aim is to improve road safety for all and reduce the amount of people that are killed or seriously injured on our roads.”

During the week-long operation in West Mercia, 85 offences were detected on the motorway, such as non-seatbelt use, mobile phone use and driving without due care.


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Driver shortage hitting crisis levels with post-COVID19 reopenings

Posted by Eleonora Malacarne on 14 July 2021 09:00:00 BST

According to the RHA (Road Haulage Association), the driver shortage is currently hitting crisis level in the UK, with demand increasing across supply chains as the country recovers from Covid-19. The RHA has called on Government to urgently introduce a range of measures to help recruit and train drivers.

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Used vehicle prices booming in summer 2021

Posted by Eleonora Malacarne on 07 July 2021 09:00:00 BST

According to different press sources, the used-vehicle market is booming and while it seems to be a great time for sellers, it is not so much for buyers.

CAP Hpi’s daily live trade values show that, on average, trade prices for used vehicles have increased by £1,700 (€1983,77) or 13.5% in the last three months. Younger cars, up to one-year old, have seen rises of £2,500 (€2917) in the same period. In June alone, the average used car price was up 4.8%.

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UK totals a 16% drop in road deaths during COVID-19 year

Posted by Eleonora Malacarne on 30 June 2021 09:00:00 BST

According to the Department for Transport figures recently shared, UK road deaths dropped for the first time in eight years, in 2020, because of the traffic reduction caused by the pandemic. 1,472 road deaths were reported in 2020, compared to 1,748 in 2019.

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Categories: Road Safety, News, Stats & Facts, fleet safety

Construction company fined after employee is killed by a truck

Posted by Eleonora Malacarne on 23 June 2021 09:00:00 BST

The construction company BAM Nuttall has been fined £700,000 (€817,933.97) after an employee was run over and killed by a dumper truck.

The incident occurred on October 28, 2016, at Blackhillock Substation in Keith, which was then under construction.

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