Last reviewed 13 June 2022

It is over six years since the police began using unmarked lorries to film HGV and other drivers on the move, but they remain continually able to identify bad examples of driving that might act as warnings to others.

The latest “Week of Action” will take place on the M6, from Monday 13 to Sunday 19 June, and the police are hoping they will not detect some of the more egregious cases such as the one recently highlighted on YouTube where a lorry driver is filmed taking both hands off the wheel to roll a cigarette.

Another clip shows a van driver talking on his phone, looking at his sat nav and with both hands off the wheel as he travels along the A500 in Stoke-on-Trent.

These are the latest in over 28,000 offences which have been recorded by officers in the Operation Tramline HGV cabs since the national safety initiative was launched by National Highways to support its partners in roads policing. The most common offences are not wearing a seatbelt (8375), using a mobile phone (7163) and not being in proper control of a vehicle (2083).

The latest campaign will take place along the length of the M6, the longest motorway in the country, and so has been labelled Operation Vertebrae.

Consequences for drivers caught breaking the law will range from warnings to fixed penalty notices (FPNs), court summons or arrest.