Midlands Expressway, which operates the M6 Toll, has joined forces with police to target HGV drivers in a bid to improve their driving skills.

The safety campaign focuses on the five most common offences on UK roads, which are tailgating, using a mobile phone or tablet while driving, stopping or reversing on a motorway, parking on the hard shoulder, and not using mirrors correctly.

The programme is supported by literature and a video to help raise HGV driver awareness. The material is also available in French and German.

Sion Hathaway, motorway inspector at Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) said: “Britain’s roads and motorways are some of the most heavily used and monitored across Europe. We have cameras and patrols as well as marked and unmarked police vehicles across the country and as a result, we see a number of very avoidable incidents and accidents on UK motorways every day.

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“By partnering with the M6toll to produce the campaign video and supporting literature, we hope we can make a significant impact in educating drivers on the issues to be aware of, and improve safety across our road network.”

James Hodson, Midland Expressway operations director added: “Safety and security on the M6toll is a key priority, and we are pleased to have been able to partner with CMPG to help raise awareness of the most common offences witnessed on the M6toll and the rest of the UK’s road network in an attempt to keep all road users safe.

“We sincerely hope that the campaign will go a long way towards reducing avoidable incidents.”