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UK authorities deploy unmarked trucks

Undercover prime-movers to tackle dangerous driving

mercedes-benz actros highways england

Three unmarked prime-movers have been deployed onto England’s motorways and other major roads as part of an initiative to tackle dangerous driving.

The trucks, Mercedes-Benz Actros units seen above, were ordered by Highways England, the organisation in charge of keeping the nation’s motorways and major arteries clear.

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The deployment of the three trucks came after a successful separate trial of an unmarked single truck by UK police which nabbed 4000 dangerous drivers in two years of operation.

Those drivers were hit with penalties relating to more than 5,000 offences.

The three trucks have been fitted with wide-angle cameras to capture unsafe driving behaviour and have had their speed limiters deactivated, meaning they can travel to the national 70mp/h speed limit (112km/h).

While flashing lights have been installed for use by police in an emergency.

Highways England head of road safety Richard Leonard tell us the trucks will be useful in efforts to tackle dangerous driving, mobile phone use, and speeding.

“We’ve found that the vast majority of drivers are sensible behind the wheel but a few have got into bad habits, or are simply ignoring the law and putting themselves and others at risk.

“That’s why we have funded these unmarked trucks to continue to target dangerous driving on England’s motorways and major A roads, improving safety for everyone.”

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