Police in Warwickshire have announced the launch of a new unit to tackle commercial vehicles and hauliers that ‘pose serious danger’ to other road users.
The Commercial Vehicle Unit, which becomes operational in January 2020, will carry out regular operations on the region’s roads – combining both education and enforcement.
Led by officers from Warwickshire Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, the operations will look to detect a variety of offences relating to driver hours, tailgating and speeding. They will also focus on load security and weight restrictions.
Officers from the unit will also be examining how vehicles are made or adapted, and the impact this has on their safety, as well as whether private vehicles are being used for business use without appropriate insurance.
Warwickshire Police says much work has already been done to educate hauliers on road safety – adding that enforcement activity is also required to deter and detect where offences occur.
Sgt Stafford from the force’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “We have been working tirelessly with many partner agencies, such as Highways England, HSE, and the RHA, for over a year now to target commercial vehicles as they are increasingly being involved in serious or fatal collisions.”