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Fleet drivers fall foul of police operation

A multi-agency operation on Devon and Cornwall arterial routes has seen both fleet drivers and their managers educated on better driving practices.

The operation put increased focus on commercial vehicles

Dubbed ‘Operation Logjam’, the initiative was run by Devon & Cornwall Police Alliance roads policing officers and partner agencies on Thursday 13 December to clamp down on driving offences – in particular speeding – with a focus on light commercial vehicles.

Under the operation, 560 drivers, including private motorists, were subject to positive action, of these 132 were drivers of light commercial vehicles.

Illegal and dangerous driving practices recorded during the operation included:

  • One car driver was recorded at 129mph on the M5
  • One was reported for inconsiderate driving, ironically having headlight flashed an unmarked ‘No Excuse’ vehicle to get out of his out of his way as he sped along the A38.
  • A driver was caught using a mobile phone whilst driving and a delivery driver was found to have a tyre with only 1.2mm tread remaining with a further light commercial tyre worn with structural cord exposed.

However, all the breath tests conducted on drivers stopped for offences were negative.

As well as giving out formal penalties, the operation also put the focus on education and realistic scheduling by employers.

MPC Ralph Delbridge of the No Excuse Team, who led the operation, said: “We were able to offer discretionary words of advice to several commercial drivers. Additionally, Highways England staff conducted surveys with drivers as part of their ‘Driving for Better Business’ approach and will follow these up with company and fleet managers to further educate, not only the drivers but also the employers.

“This helps to ensure that employers are aware of the speed restrictions their drivers have to work within and to ensure not only that realistic scheduling is compiled, so that they do not have to speed between jobs or deliveries, but also that they take into account the Health and Safety of their driving staff. This further protects all road users from the risk of harm or serious injury.”

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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