Enforcement officers are patrolling the M62 this month, in an effort to reduce the number of collisions involving HGVs.
Operation Pennine will see enforcement agencies carry out checks on HGVs and vans for roadworthiness, secure loads, weight and drivers’ hours to reduce the risk of incidents along the 107-mile route.
Highways England says there are an average of five collisions a day along the M62, often leading to congestion and delays for drivers and affecting companies travelling to ports and making deliveries to towns and cities.
Police forces will also use one of Highways England’s unmarked HGV supercabs to patrol the motorway and record drivers of all types of vehicles committing mobile phone or other safety offences.
John Walford, Incident Prevention Manager at Highways England, said:
“The vast majority of drivers obey the law but a few are risking potentially devastating consequences by not carrying out appropriate checks before setting off or by driving dangerously.
“Our month of action will see enforcement agencies carrying out checks along the M62 and at the ports in Liverpool, Hull and Immingham to help improve safety for everyone.”
Mark Cartwright, FTA Head of Vans and Light Commercial Vehicles said: “Strict government enforcement of compliance and safety standards – for both heavy and light vehicles – is vital to keep our roads running efficiently and effectively.
“Responsible vehicle operators will have nothing to fear.”