Unmarked police HGV

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Glenn63

1,764 posts

61 months

Thursday 12th May
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One came along side me on the m6 near Wigan, I clocked the plain white unit flying up on me id say easily 70+ then slowed next to me with an officer in the passenger seat with a camera looking into my cab. I was being a good boy as always so they shot off up to the next truck and did the same. There where 2 marked units following a bit behind him and a few miles later one of them had pulled a truck over.

dundarach

3,516 posts

205 months

Thursday 12th May
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Excellent, more please.

mattyprice4004

532 posts

151 months

Thursday 12th May
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matchmaker said:
Beware!
Beware of idiots eating breakfast while driving? Absolutely.
Beware of a police HGV? Not likely, as I'm not stupid enough to eat / piss about on my phone while driving smile

RazerSauber

1,418 posts

37 months

Thursday 12th May
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Imagine pulling away from police doing 10 under the limit on a motorway!

I've seen these a few times on Police Interceptors and the likes but never seen one on the roads as far as I'm aware. Eating cereal while driving though.. Madness. So is smoking to me. Holding a stick that could burn your car to the ground is fine but changing a music track on a phone can be a fine and points?

martinbiz

2,066 posts

122 months

Thursday 12th May
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RazerSauber said:
Imagine pulling away from police doing 10 under the limit on a motorway!
The limiter is deactivated

KarlMac

3,203 posts

118 months

Thursday 12th May
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I’m sure I remember something where they caught a few drivers watching DVDs too.

You can normally spot them as they usually don’t have a trailer and are flying past other HGVs.

take-good-care-of-the-forest-dewey

2,571 posts

32 months

Thursday 12th May
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I wish the police would find more important things to do with their time rather than this nonsense. You won't be able to do anything fun soon.

One of life's greatest pleasures is settling in at steady 70mph cruise as the toast pops up ready for a slathering of finest English salted butter. Then engaging station keeping with your knees as you tuck into two pork sausages, two rashers, egg, beans, lightly sautéed mushrooms - field... Obviously - single slice of black pudding, and a grilled tomato.

By the time you've finished, the kettle will have boiled and you're ready for a cup of lapsang souchong... From a pot obvs.

WIWs

400 posts

42 months

Thursday 12th May
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I know round me they had a month where the police were just riding around town on the top deck of public busses and filming drivers using their phones etc at traffic lights and in traffic, caused quite a stir the first week as they caught A LOT of drivers out!

leef44

2,764 posts

130 months

Thursday 12th May
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cobra kid said:
Do st, get caught. Tough.
While I was walking to work one day, I saw a woman driving her SUV while stopped in traffic.

She had an iPad strapped to the top of her steering wheel using duct tape. The top of the iPad was covering half her vision of the windscreen in front.

It was secured well with duct tape as the iPad would turn with the steering wheel. I wish I had got a photo.

normalbloke

5,578 posts

196 months

Thursday 12th May
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leef44 said:
cobra kid said:
Do st, get caught. Tough.
While I was walking to work one day, I saw a woman driving her SUV while stopped in traffic.

She had an iPad strapped to the top of her steering wheel using duct tape. The top of the iPad was covering half her vision of the windscreen in front.

It was secured well with duct tape as the iPad would turn with the steering wheel. I wish I had got a photo.
Standard in a Tesla.

BertBert

16,292 posts

188 months

Thursday 12th May
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CarCrazyDad said:
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
It's not 6 points

Roderick Spode

1,855 posts

26 months

Thursday 12th May
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Quite happy for Plod to catch legitimate law breakers doing silly things - stupid games, stupid prizes, etc.

However. Had recourse to drive a colleague's brand new snazzy Volkswagen last week, and I was confronted with this enormous tablet / control screen mounted in the middle of the dashboard. To amend the heater controls from a point of unfamiliarity took a good 30 seconds of navigating menus and sub menus to make it do what I wanted, and then during the journey there was an endless screed of messages and warnings popping up with regularity, most of which were entirely irrelevant to the journey at hand.

How can amending the music track on a phone, appropriately mounted in a cradle adjacent to the steering wheel be deemed worthy of six points and a fine, yet reaching further across to fiddle with a massive screen to find the heater controls be considered perfectly acceptable? Both are equally distracting in my humble opinion.

Chainsaw Rebuild

1,698 posts

79 months

Thursday 12th May
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Good work by the police! eating cereal whilst driving is ridiculous and she got off too lightly in my opinion. Also I am pro them using the top deck of buses catching those on their phones - it's a cheap way to do it too!

leef44

2,764 posts

130 months

Thursday 12th May
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Chainsaw Rebuild said:
Good work by the police! eating cereal whilst driving is ridiculous and she got off too lightly in my opinion. Also I am pro them using the top deck of buses catching those on their phones - it's a cheap way to do it too!
+1

At the end of the day, it gains more awareness for these irresponsible idiots on the road.

jamiem555

680 posts

188 months

Thursday 12th May
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No limiter on an unladen tractor unit. That would be quick. In my old life in the early 90’s I was an apprentice HGV fitter. We often took the units out trailer less for test drives. The V8 Scanias would pull 100mph. Limiters came in late on during my apprenticeship.

Welshbeef

48,370 posts

175 months

Thursday 12th May
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normalbloke said:
They’ve been using the unmarked tractor units for several years now. No limiters on them either.
Now that is interesting as the law states they are not allowed above 55mph so if these are not speed limited and then do exceed said law would they not be facing a fine and points? The speed limit applies to all road users - unless on response.

gruffgriff

1,105 posts

220 months

Thursday 12th May
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take-good-care-of-the-forest-dewey said:
I wish the police would find more important things to do with their time rather than this nonsense. You won't be able to do anything fun soon.

One of life's greatest pleasures is settling in at steady 70mph cruise as the toast pops up ready for a slathering of finest English salted butter. Then engaging station keeping with your knees as you tuck into two pork sausages, two rashers, egg, beans, lightly sautéed mushrooms - field... Obviously - single slice of black pudding, and a grilled tomato.

By the time you've finished, the kettle will have boiled and you're ready for a cup of lapsang souchong... From a pot obvs.
WTF!! Are you for real?



Grilled tomato has no place on that plate. All wet making the toast soggy without imparting any positive culinary benefit.



vonhosen

38,632 posts

194 months

Thursday 12th May
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Welshbeef said:
normalbloke said:
They’ve been using the unmarked tractor units for several years now. No limiters on them either.
Now that is interesting as the law states they are not allowed above 55mph so if these are not speed limited and then do exceed said law would they not be facing a fine and points? The speed limit applies to all road users - unless on response.
There is no requirement for 'on response' for use of exemptions.
The exemption can be used where compliance with the speed limit would hinder the vehicle's use for a Police purpose.

944 Man

1,277 posts

109 months

Thursday 12th May
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They have been doing this for twenty years. Very, very easy to spot. In fact, if you do not spot it you should also receive an endorsement for not having a clue.

944 Man

1,277 posts

109 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!
Some have lights, others do not. None are restricted in speed.