More Pics Of Fake Builder's Van

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Authentic-looking rubbish...
Authentic-looking rubbish...
emember the speed trap disguised as a builder’s van?

Since the pics of Derbyshire police repainting their speed van blue to catch out drivers appeared on the web they have been published in a number of national newspapers.

Today PH was emailed by PHer ‘samsanthony1’, who took the pics, to draw our attention to a number of other shots he took of the same van.

Marvel at the lengths the police have gone to to make the van look authentic.

You can see how they carefully piled up rubbish around the windscreen for that authentic ‘on a break’ look.

One of the wheels has been painted black as well in a bid to make it looked used and abused.

Samsanthony said when he approached the van the back window – used to point the speed gun out of – closed, although he got a shot before that happened.

He said there was fake plasterboard dust around the rear of the vehicle and also the screwfix catalogue in the dash window.

The sneaky attempt to disguise the van sparked outrage when it first appeared.

Brian Gregory, of the Association of British Drivers, said: ‘They are going down exactly the same route as the police in Australia and America.

'In one case in America an officer actually dressed up as a tramp while operating a speed trap. How long before that happens here?’

Thanks to samsanthony1 for the pics!





 

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  • Skinner.Daddy 07 May 2008

    FYI - Done a DVLA check on this vehicle and it came up with the following

    Vauxhall
    Movano 3.3T Swb H/R 2.2Dti
    Panel Van (Integral)
    CC - 2187
    Colour - White
    Reg Date - 01/07/2002
    Current Keeper start date - 01/07/2002
    Previous Colours - 0
    Previous Owners - 0

    Ie. it's still owned by plod but further more shouldn't they have made the DVLA aware that the colour has changed? I thought that was a legal requirement?


    There is another possibility, it really is a builders van, but it's stolen and they have chosen a very unfortunate registration number to steal!

  • TUS 373 07 May 2008

    Nothing new.

    I was done by a 'plumbers' van in Rochdale around 1999.

  • Tim.C 07 May 2008

    Yup - 1998/99 - My first ever speeding ticket was from the rattiest Mk2 Transit you've ever seen.

    I feel the anger coming....

  • oagent 07 May 2008

    Skinner.Daddy said:
    FYI - Done a DVLA check on this vehicle and it came up with the following

    Vauxhall
    Movano 3.3T Swb H/R 2.2Dti
    Panel Van (Integral)
    CC - 2187
    Colour - White
    Reg Date - 01/07/2002
    Current Keeper start date - 01/07/2002
    Previous Colours - 0
    Previous Owners - 0

    Ie. it's still owned by plod but further more shouldn't they have made the DVLA aware that the colour has changed? I thought that was a legal requirement?


    There is another possibility, it really is a builders van, but it's stolen and they have chosen a very unfortunate registration number to steal!
    Does anyone know if its possible to make a citizens arrest if you see this van? Or should we just call the plod and tell them their van has been stolen and repainted.

  • 10 Pence Short 07 May 2008

    Already spoken to the partnership last week.

    The van IS being used for speed detection, as the marked vans were having "no impact whatsoever".

    They are planning to introduce more unmarked vans in Derbyshire.

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