NPCC: Commercial Vehicle Focus – January 2024

Posted on Monday 29th January 2024 in Business, Drivers, Education and Training

Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP) supported and deployed our Casualty Reduction Officers (CROs), in response to the National Police Chief Councils (NPCC) Commercial Vehicle campaign. The week of action ran from 22nd of January to the 28th of January 2024. All forces across the UK also took part in this campaign to amplify the messaging nationally. The CROs worked in collaboration with Partners throughout the week of activity.

Commercial Vehicles have a disproportionate impact due to the size and weight on other Vulnerable Road Users. This operation is aimed at reducing the number of those killed or seriously injured as a result of Commercial Vehicles.

Sussex and Surrey Police’s Commercial Vehicle Unit (CVU) also played a pivotal part in the work. The small team, attached to the road’s policing unit is dedicated to this specialist area of policing. They are a collaborative unit area where they are responsible for dealing with commercial vehicle traffic in the counties of Surrey and Sussex.  The Commercial Vehicle Unit helps to ensure road safety by monitoring large and heavy goods vehicles on our roads. These vehicles can often cause the most harm in the event of road traffic collisions.

The scope of the CVU covers a large remit and will include compliance from vehicles carrying hazardous goods, plant vehicles used in construction, tractors, farm machinery, taxis, private hire vehicles, public service vehicles, delivery mopeds etc

CVU helps to check for overweight vehicles, tachograph & driving hours, insecure loads, and the condition of vehicles, along with the usual traffic offences such as drink/drug driving, use of a mobile phone and distractions, inconsiderate driving.

Furthermore, the CVU team support local and national incentives to reduce modern slavery, human trafficking, child exploitation and anti-terrorism across Surrey/Sussex. The CVU also provide the opportunity to disrupt Organised Crime Groups and serious offences committed by those using commercial vehicles including plant theft.

The CVU work closely with the DVSA, Border Force at Newhaven Port, HMRC, Trading Standards, Local authorities, Taxi licensing and other partner agencies.  Since 2020 the CVU have been involved in a number of successful joint working operations across the two counties where they have been involved in preventing fly tipping, dealing with rogue traders, unlicenced/uninsured delivery riders and illegal waste carriers.

Driving for Better Business (DfBB) is a government-backed National Highways programme to help employers in both the private and public sectors reduce work-related road risk, control the associated costs and improve compliance with current legislation and guidance. Their mission is to improve safety and reduce risk for all those who drive or ride for work, by promoting good management practice and demonstrating the significant business benefits. SSRP work closely with DfBB in order to reach fleet management in order to reduce and prevent road users from harm. By working together with DfBB and Partners, SSRP aims to support a culture where driver wellbeing, reducing risk and improving overall business performance is embedded into everyday activities.

THE DRIVING FOR BETTER BUSINESS VISION IS… “A world where those who use the roads for work do so safely, efficiently, and sustainably”

To find out more about commercial vehicle safety and maintenance head over to GOV.UK for guides about keeping commercial vehicles safe to drive, including heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), vans, buses, coaches and other public service vehicles.

Our Partners at National Highways have some fantastic resources available online. As part of their work to reduce the number of collisions involving goods vehicles, the resources online have been created to inform individuals about safety issues that relate to collisions on our network. They contain advice and guidance to keep our roads safe and efficient for everyone.


Our album of images taken during January’s Commercial Vehicle Campaign is available here on our website over in our gallery!

Check it out👇

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