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Don’t look now, but that unmarked lorry in your mirror could be manned by police officers watching your every move. Such was the case recently went two lorry driving officers took to the roads of the Thames Valley and Hampshire areas in an effort to curb dangerous driving.

Officers took to the roadways for five days, from September 23-27, on the lookout for drivers engaging in a variety of reckless behaviours. One HGV trained officer drove the lorry while another took notice of driver actions. Over the course of five days, the officers cited drivers for numerous infractions.

Some of the more interesting ones included:

It should be noted the operation was not focused strictly on any particular type of vehicle. Cited drivers were operating all types of vehicles including passenger cars, taxis, vans, agricultural trailers, and various trucks.

The operation was the third this year and part of a program that has now run for two consecutive years. It is highly successful because it places the police officers in the cab of a lorry, where they have a great view of almost everything that goes on in traffic. Unsuspecting drivers think nothing of the vehicle as it looks like every other lorry on the roadway.

Making Roads Safer

If nothing else, the lorry driving police officers are making the roads safer for everyone. If that sounds like a job you would like to have, it will require both HGV driver training and police training. We cannot help you with the latter, but we are experts in the former.

The HGV Training Centre provides comprehensive training for drivers of all ages and nearly every driving class. We can help you earn your HGV licence in just a matter of months. If you are interested, we can also provide training for PCVs, forklift trucks, horseboxes, and more.

You might be surprised to learn that completing your training and earning your licence is not as complicated as it might sound. The process is actually very simple. It starts by passing a routine medical exam and applying for a provisional entitlement.

Before your practical skills training can begin, you must pass a 100-question theory test made up of questions covering general highway safety and hazard prevention. Students who prepare with the HGV Training Centre enjoy a 92% first-time pass rate.

With the theory test out of the way, the student goes through a series of training classes that combine the classroom setting with real experience behind the wheel. Once that training is complete, we send one of our professional staff with the student for his or her practical skills test.

That’s all there is to it. In no time at all, you could be beginning your new career as an HGV driver.


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