Volvo Trucks have supplied an FH 6×2 tractor unit on short term loan to the West Mercia based Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG). The ‘60’ plate FH-460 was sourced from Volvo Trucks’ Used Truck department and took part in ‘Operation Mistletoe’.
The plain white liveried Volvo was used extensively, day and night, on the Midland’s motorway network as an undercover solo tractor unit. Its main job was the monitoring of truck drivers for dangerous and inconsiderate behaviour while at the wheel, including illegally using a mobile phone.
The FH was crewed by two LGV licenced uniformed Police Officers and was supported by several marked patrol cars fitted with ANPR cameras.
According to West Mercia CMPG Police Constable Angus Nairn, who is an ex-Owner Driver, the key objectives of Operation Mistletoe are to reduce road casualties through education and the use of diversionary courses rather than punishment.
Police Officers can offer drivers who have committed minor lapses in attention, the option of attendance at a diversionary course, instead of receiving penalty points on their licence, in addition to the mandatory £60 to £80 fines.