1. ITV Report

Drivers targeted by unmarked police lorry

Credit: Kent Police

Police officers have used an unmarked lorry on the M20 in Kent to target motorists breaking the law.

A specially trained officer drove while a second sat in the passenger seat to look into passing vehicles and record offending drivers on camera.

Offenders were pulled over and dealt with. And to ensure the penalties were enforced foreign vehicles that were issued with fixed penalty notices and were not be allowed to leave until they had paid.

Drivers without a British driving licence had one created and the appropriate penalty points automatically added to it.

A total of 57 vehicles were pulled over, including 44 HGVs and four LGVs.

In total 26 fixed penalty notices were issued and a further 15 traffic offence reports were created.

The offences were recorded:

  • Using a mobile phone at the wheel: 21
  • Not being in proper control: 6
  • Not wearing a seat belt: 9
  • Using the outside lane: 1
  • Stopping on the hard shoulder: 1
  • Faulty vehicle: 1
  • Other: 1

Drivers being distracted at the wheel are a significant danger to road users around them and we will use all resources at our disposal to clamp down on them.

The officers involved in this have worked incredibly hard and produced some good results.

– Inspector Jay Allen, Kent Police