Over Twenty Offences Detected During Heavy Goods Vehicle Operation

More than twenty offences were detected during an operation to target heavy goods vehicles across Cleveland and Durham.

Officers even caught drivers reading delivery notes and electronic delivery devices whilst driving during Operation Tramline, which is carried out by officers from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit.

The operation aims to detect offences being carried out by those in heavy goods vehicles by patrolling in an unmarked tractor unit, loaned to police forces in partnership with Highways England, which makes it easier for police to see into heavy goods vehicles and other vehicles including cars and vans.

Of the 22 offences committed by the drivers of cars, vans, large and heavy goods vehicles, five drivers were dealt with for using a mobile phone whilst driving, ten were not in proper control of the vehicle, three did not wear seatbelts, two vehicles had overweight loads, one contravened solid white lines and another did not carry the correct documentation.

Chief Inspector Graham Milne said: “Operation Tramline gives us the opportunity to detect offences carried out by the drivers of large goods vehicles and record the evidence, which would usually be difficult for us. It also gives us the ability to see into other vehicles such as vans and cars from a better angle.

“I’m pleased that this has been another successful operation working in partnership with Highways England on the strategic road network, however, it is always disappointing to see that people have committed offences and they haven’t abided by the law. 

“We will continue with operations like this in order to help keep our roads as safe as we possibly can.”