A new City of London Police Commercial Vehicle Unit has stopped 136 HGVs and taken 95 off the road in its first month.

Funded by TfL and launched last month, the unit’s intelligence-led crackdown found drivers of non-compliant vehicles were also committing offenses such as not having insurance, having inappropriate licenses, unsafe tyres, unsafe loads and inaccurately recording drivers’ hours.

The new unit complements the Metropolitan Police Service CV Unit and the Industrial HGV Task Force, which targets non-compliant commercial and construction lorries and drivers in London.

It will also work with TfL’s new Freight Compliance Unit that will co-ordinate intelligence from police, the DVSA and the Office of the Traffic Commissioner (MT 8 June), as well as use automatic number plate recognition technology.