Volvo FH plays a key role in police operations 13 December 2012

Volvo Trucks has supplied an FH 6x2 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.

It was tasked with monitoring truck drivers for dangerous and inconsiderate behaviour while at the wheel, including illegally using a mobile phone.

The FH was crewed by two LGV licensed uniformed police officers and was supported by several marked patrol cars fitted with ANPR cameras.

According to West Mercia CMPG Police Constable Angus Nairn, a former owner-driver himself, the key objectives of Operation Mistletoe are to reduce road casualties through education and the use of diversionary courses rather than punishment.

John Challen

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