Unmarked police HGV

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matchmaker

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7,900 posts

177 months

Thursday 12th May
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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-e...

BBC said:
A woman has been fined for eating a bowl of cereal at the wheel while driving on a motorway.

The 23-year-old was spotted by police who were using an unmarked HGV cab to monitor drivers on the M90.

She was pulled over after driving in lane two of the Queensferry Crossing in the direction of Edinburgh.

The woman was fined £100 and had three points added to her licence as part of Police Scotland's Operation Tramline scheme.

During the operation, officers have used the HGV cab to give them a good view of drivers.

A total of 85 offences were reported in the first two weeks of the initiative.

It is being trialled on dual carriageways and motorways in Fife, in and around Edinburgh and in the Forth Valley area.
Beware!

RapidRob

116 posts

101 months

Thursday 12th May
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Thanks, I'll remember to have my breakfast before I get in the car if I'm in the area. Sounds like a good idea to me, must be easier to catch mobile phone scrollers too from a HGV

cobra kid

4,196 posts

217 months

Thursday 12th May
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Do st, get caught. Tough.

CarCrazyDad

3,035 posts

12 months

Thursday 12th May
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matchmaker said:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-e...

BBC said:
A woman has been fined for eating a bowl of cereal at the wheel while driving on a motorway.

The 23-year-old was spotted by police who were using an unmarked HGV cab to monitor drivers on the M90.

She was pulled over after driving in lane two of the Queensferry Crossing in the direction of Edinburgh.

The woman was fined £100 and had three points added to her licence as part of Police Scotland's Operation Tramline scheme.

During the operation, officers have used the HGV cab to give them a good view of drivers.

A total of 85 offences were reported in the first two weeks of the initiative.

It is being trialled on dual carriageways and motorways in Fife, in and around Edinburgh and in the Forth Valley area.
Beware!
I think I heard about this in the news a while back
But haven't seen one myself

Although I will say, probably deserves the fine - a bowl of cereal laugh

A snack bar is one thing, that is quite another

Although, not sure how touching your phone to change your music is 6 points, and eating cereal is 3 points - I'd suspect cereal is just as distracting! Maybe we can do a study. hehe

normalbloke

5,598 posts

196 months

Thursday 12th May
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matchmaker said:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-e...

BBC said:
A woman has been fined for eating a bowl of cereal at the wheel while driving on a motorway.

The 23-year-old was spotted by police who were using an unmarked HGV cab to monitor drivers on the M90.

She was pulled over after driving in lane two of the Queensferry Crossing in the direction of Edinburgh.

The woman was fined £100 and had three points added to her licence as part of Police Scotland's Operation Tramline scheme.

During the operation, officers have used the HGV cab to give them a good view of drivers.

A total of 85 offences were reported in the first two weeks of the initiative.

It is being trialled on dual carriageways and motorways in Fife, in and around Edinburgh and in the Forth Valley area.
Beware!
They’ve been using the unmarked tractor units for several years now. No limiters on them either.

Google [bot]

5,777 posts

158 months

Thursday 12th May
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I recall an episode of one of those Police TV series things a few years back when they were doing just this to catch HGV drivers on mobiles.

AndySheff

6,198 posts

184 months

Thursday 12th May
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There was a film clip released not too long ago. Truck driver on his phone. Saw the police truck filming him (didn't realise they were police) and gave them the finger.

carinaman

18,570 posts

149 months

Thursday 12th May
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matchmaker said:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-e...

BBC said:
A woman has been fined for eating a bowl of cereal at the wheel while driving on a motorway.

The 23-year-old was spotted by police who were using an unmarked HGV cab to monitor drivers on the M90.

She was pulled over after driving in lane two of the Queensferry Crossing in the direction of Edinburgh.

The woman was fined £100 and had three points added to her licence as part of Police Scotland's Operation Tramline scheme.

During the operation, officers have used the HGV cab to give them a good view of drivers.

A total of 85 offences were reported in the first two weeks of the initiative.

It is being trialled on dual carriageways and motorways in Fife, in and around Edinburgh and in the Forth Valley area.
Beware!
I've ridden past one on an NSL dual carriageway. They've had enough publicity that it was easy to spot. They're more difficult to spot when they're towing a trailer though.

Thinking about it after I passed I kept my speed to around 70 mph, it didn't cross my mind at the time to think where the other police vehicles were that the cab drivers were communicating with to pull over drivers.

Dapster

5,953 posts

157 months

Thursday 12th May
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Love it! Does the HGV light up with concealed blues and come after you at 59 mph? I think high speed chases involving an HGV tractor unit is what we need - now THAT's an episode of Police, Camera, Action! I'd watch!

Driver101

11,662 posts

98 months

Thursday 12th May
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I don't see a problem with it. There are constant complaints about driving standards and people using their mobile phones. When the police do something to stamp out bad driving it always ends up with people criticising the police.

MontyPythonX

259 posts

93 months

Thursday 12th May
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Good. Far too many people driving whilst using their phone around me. Maybe Northumberland Police can borrow it for a few weeks smile

Curledge

364 posts

5 months

Thursday 12th May
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Do we know what cereal it was ?

Mr MXT

7,547 posts

260 months

Thursday 12th May
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Curledge said:
Do we know what cereal it was ?
It wasn't quite porridge, so possibly Alpen.

paintman

7,048 posts

167 months

Thursday 12th May
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Dapster said:
Love it! Does the HGV light up with concealed blues and come after you at 59 mph? I think high speed chases involving an HGV tractor unit is what we need - now THAT's an episode of Police, Camera, Action! I'd watch!
www.truckanddriver.co.uk/latest-stories/new-unmarked-hgv-cabs-take-road-catch-dangerous-drivers/
You'll have to cut & paste to read unless someone can make it clicky.

Edited by paintman on Thursday 12th May 13:46

Mammasaid

2,434 posts

74 months

Thursday 12th May
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paintman said:
www.truckanddriver.co.uk/latest-stories/new-unmark...
You'll have to cut & paste to read unless someone can make it clicky.
Just add [ url ] and [ /url ] either side (without spaces)

Vintagejock

122 posts

57 months

Thursday 12th May
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If it's like a fire engine, lime to 80kph until the blues are switched on. Then the limiter is disabled. Truckers fall for it despite it being a plain white tractor unit without a trailer. This is the critical point, very rare to see a tractor without a trailer as it's not earning...

paintman

7,048 posts

167 months

Thursday 12th May
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Mammasaid said:
paintman said:
www.truckanddriver.co.uk/latest-stories/new-unmark...
You'll have to cut & paste to read unless someone can make it clicky.
Just add [ url ] and [ /url ] either side (without spaces)
Thank you! smile

Byker28i

41,971 posts

194 months

Thursday 12th May
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Dapster said:
Love it! Does the HGV light up with concealed blues and come after you at 59 mph? I think high speed chases involving an HGV tractor unit is what we need - now THAT's an episode of Police, Camera, Action! I'd watch!
Side by side elephant racing, even more opportunities to hold up traffic?

Zetec-S

4,672 posts

70 months

Thursday 12th May
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Curledge said:
Do we know what cereal it was ?
Probably not Lucky Charms.

Riley Blue

18,968 posts

203 months

Thursday 12th May
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Not porridge then?