Last reviewed 10 May 2021

Police in Suffolk stopped almost 300 vehicles and detected over 350 offences, after targeting drivers of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs).

Operation Tramline saw police provided with an HGV tractor unit by Highways England which allowed officers to carry out patrols across the strategic road network in Norfolk and Suffolk and focus on offences committed by lorry drivers. The initiative involved officers from the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Roads and Armed Policing Team, with enforcement taking place on the A14, A11 and A12.

One of the team, PC Wayne Sturman, said: “This was another very productive week of action and once again demonstrates the value of such operations. But it remains extremely frustrating to see the amount of drivers who feel they can flout the law.”

He explained that the tractor unit, which was driven by a police officer, provided an ideal vantage point with officers able to look into cabs of other lorry drivers and to look down on vans. Supporting officers were then on hand to stop any offenders.

A total of 297 vehicles were stopped, including 148 HGVs and 114 smaller goods vehicles, with 356 offences detected and the drivers in question issued with Traffic Offence Reports (TORs). Of these, 142 involved not wearing a seatbelt, 15 were for using a mobile phone, 57 concerned an insecure load, 14 were for driving without due care and attention and five for excess speed.

Anthony Thorpe, Highways England Incident Prevention Project Manager, said: “Highways England is committed to working collaboratively with our partners to improve road safety and we will continue to use the HGV cab to tackle deaths and serious injuries and to encourage people to improve how they drive.”