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Police crack down on speeding lorries on A66

DOZENS of foreign lorry drivers were targeted on a major Cumbrian route during a police crackdown.

Crackdown: Police on the A66. Between 15 and 20 drivers from European countries including Spain, Holland and Croatia were pulled over

Officers from the Collision Investigation and Safety Camera units targeted speeding among HGV drivers on the A66 near Penrith.

It came following complaints from the public about foreign wagons driving too fast on the road – particularly around the Llama Cafe at Brougham.

The operation, which also included officials from the Driver and Vehicle Services Agency, was carried out to coincide with the introduction of a new road levy for all HGVs, which is payable specifically by foreign operators.

Between 15 and 20 drivers from European countries including Spain, Holland and Croatia were pulled over during the crackdown, and four were fined. Three were issued with Graduated Fixed Penalty tickets for speeding.

The tickets allow foreign drivers to be dealt with by ensuring immediate payment or face having the vehicle banned from the roads until it is paid.

One foreign vehicle was also found to have failed to pay the new levy and was slapped with a £300 fine, also payable immediately. Sergeant Graeme Hodgson, of the Cumbria Police Collision Investigation Unit, explained: “The area targeted was a single carriageway road with a popular cafe.

“There have been a number of incidents in the past with vehicles travelling excessively fast off the end of the dual carriageway and coming into conflict with vehicles turning at the cafe. The whole stretch of road between the two dual carriageways has quite a high collision history.

“Days of action like this will hopefully raise the awareness of all motorists to the area and reinforce to the drivers of foreign vehicles that they can and will be dealt with.”

Sgt Hodgson also said one driver who was stopped and fined was unaware of what the speed limit was for his vehicle on UK roads.

Other areas will be targeted with specific operations to reduce casualties throughout Cumbria, he added.


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