Truck driver narrowly avoids crash with Police spotter truck

Highways England has released footage of a truck driver nearly crashing into a Warwickshire Police spotter truck on the M40.

The offence was recorded by officers in the Operation Tramline HGV who first saw the driver drifting on to the hard shoulder while using his mobile phone. After realsing he is veering off course, the driver corrects his steering and drifts towards the middle lane nearly hitting the unmarked police cab.

Since the launch of Operation Tramline in 2015, more than 21,600 offences have been recorded. The most common offences have included using a mobile phone (6,073), not wearing a seatbelt (6,253) and not being in proper contorl of the vehicle (1501). They've also recorded 1199 instances of speeding.

Near-miss as driver on phone at the wheel

Menzies adds 115 new generation MAN TGX trucks

Menzies Distribution is to take delivery of a large order of MAN TGX trucks and Don Bur and SDC trailers.

A total of 115 new generation TGX tractor units will be added to Menzies’ fleet by August this year with 65 new Don Bur and SDC trailers also being put on the road, bringing the total number of assets across their 100 depot locations to around 4,000.

Adam Purshall, Menzies Distribution Group fleet & procurement director, said: “As a business it’s essential that we continually look forward and ensure we offer our customers, many of which are blue-chip organisations, an industry leading level of service. These new vehicles will enable us to focus on the future and further enhance the sustainability and flexibility of our supply chain offering.”

Menzies’ new TGX trucks have all been specified with the D26 engine with 470hp as well as the Efficiency Package which includes MAN Efficient Cruise 3, MAN Efficient Roll, MAN Idle speed driving and Engine idle shutdown.

Purshall added: “To ensure we maximize the fleet’s productivity and at the same time provide a safe working environment, we’ve fitted the latest technology in terms of camera systems and telematics solutions, across the entire fleet, both into the new additions and retrofitting on to all existing vehicles.”