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City roads police focus on commercial vehicles

Roads policing officers from the City of London Police will be out in the Square Mile this week (Monday 24 July to Sunday 30 July) as part of a week of activity carrying out checks on larger vehicles.

This is the second year that the pan-continental week of action has run, under the European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL), and focuses on all forms of vehicle-enabled criminality, with a particular focus on larger, commercial vehicles.

In 2016 more than 125,000 offences were detected from checks on more than 368,000 trucks across Europe and more than 24,000 offences were detected from checks on more than 68,000 buses across Europe.

The campaign signals a crackdown on commercial drivers failing to comply with the law, and will see officers from the force’s Commercial Vehicle Unit (CVU) use computer analysis equipment to check for driver’s hours infringements. Penalties can range from either a fixed penalty notice, a report for summons, or even arrest.

Sergeant Rick Longden, from the City of London Police, commented:

“We know that heavy pressures are sometimes placed upon drivers and operators which can increase during holiday periods, and have a serious impact on the safety of other road users if not managed properly.

“Recent events across Europe and in London have also shown how important it is to ensure all road users, including commercial vehicle drivers, are fully registered and compliant with road traffic legislation, and we will be doing everything in our power to disrupt, deter and detect any vehicle-enabled offences.

“Our commercial vehicle unit (CVU) will be in the City on the lookout for motorists, particularly of commercial vehicles, to ensure no one is failing to comply with the law.”

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