Operation Tramline: Officers in Unmarked Lorry Detect Offenders on Motorway Patrols

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Police officers who took to the West Yorkshire motorway network in a HGV detected 48 offences over a four-day period last week.    

Officers from West Yorkshire Police’s Roads Policing Unit used a specially adapted National Highways supercab to conduct patrols of our motorways from a special vantage point as part of Operation Tramline.  

Offences spotted included:  

  • 16 seat belt offences  
  • 13 mobile phone offences  
  • 13 red light offences  
  • 2 speeding offences  
  • 2 driving without due care and attention  

Additionally:  

  • 1 vehicle was seized  
  • 1 drink/drug drive arrest was made  
  • and 46 traffic offence reports issued  

Sgt Ryan Burt of the Roads Policing Unit said: “The elevated position of the cab allowed us to capture footage of some really poor and potentially dangerous driving and make some effective interventions.”  

“Once we identified and offence, the offending vehicle was intercepted by a marked police car, with the driver spoken to and dealt with.”  


Tuesday, May 7, 2024

West Yorkshire Police officers will be taking to the roads in a lorry this week as part of a patrolling operation to keep our motorways safe.

From today (7/5) to Friday (10/5), Roads Policing Unit officers will be using a heavy goods vehicle as part of their patrols across the entire West Yorkshire motorway network.

Known as Operation Tramline, the lorry provides an ideal vantage point for officers to keep an eye on driver behaviour.

Sergeant Ryan Burt, of West Yorkshire Police’s Roads Policing Unit, said: “By having an officer observing and filming from inside a HGV cab, we can see what lorry drivers are doing, as well as other drivers.  

“We are involved in regular Operation Tramline activity throughout the year and repeatedly see drivers using their mobile phones or doing something in other ways which means they’re not in proper control of their vehicle.  

“A driver not having their full attention on the road can have devastating repercussions, and when a heavy goods vehicle is involved this can be even more catastrophic.”  

West Yorkshire Police is working with partners as part of Vision Zero with the aim to eliminate all traffic fatalities and serious injuries on our roads.  

It uses the Safe System approach which has five pillars of action: safe road users and behaviours, safe speeds, safe roads, safe vehicles and post-collision response.    

Sgt Burt added: “Three of the pillars of the Safe Systems approach are something that road users have some element of responsibility for – safe road users/behaviours, safe speeds and safe vehicles.  

“We need everyone to think about their own behaviour, make sure they drive within the stated speed limits for the road and weather conditions and make sure their vehicle is in good working order.  

“If drivers are not maintaining their vehicles or driving in an unsafe way then we will take action to keep both the driver and other road users safe.”  

West Yorkshire Police is working with partners as part of Vision Zero with the aim to eliminate all traffic fatalities and serious injuries on our roads.  

It uses the Safe System approach which has five pillars of action: safe road users and behaviours, safe speeds, safe roads, safe vehicles and post-collision response.  

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