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Results ROADPOL Operation Truck & Bus October 2020

 

From 12th to 18th October 2020, the Europe-wide ROADPOL Control Week "Truck and Bus” took place, which focuses on the control of commercial goods and passenger transport. Over the year 28 European countries participate in this operations.
Despite the great attention that many police forces have to devote to the COVID19 pandemic, 17 countries nevertheless took part in this action. According to their feedback, 206.304 trucks and 119.081 buses were checked.

During this control week 59.501 violations were found (trucks: 68.791, buses: 10.392).


Ladung 33.158 times the onward journey had to be prohibited until the proper condition of the vehicles or load had been restored, thereof 2.539 trucks and 619 buses. This is roughly equal to the numbers in the same month in 2019.

The complaint rate was 33,34% for freight transport and 5,96% for buses. For freight traffic, this means that a violation was found in 1 in 3 trucks checked. Fortunately, that number is lower for buses. This shows that freight traffic represents a major risk to road safety and that monitoring is still necessary.

European police officers have a very high standard of training in heavy traffic controls, which is reflected in the high complaint rate.

LadungMost of the offences were found in the areas of technical offences and vehicle documents law for busses and in the areas of speed, legislation on driving and rest times and tachograph settings:
10.426 drivers (trucks 10.029, buses 397) offended against Europe-wide valid social regulations, meaning they drove their vehicle for longer than legally allowed without complying the mandatory breaks.
6.268 times the prescribed tachographs were not properly managed.
Manipulations of digital tachographs were detected in 321 cases.

Fumbling with the settings of the tachograph or even manipulating those takes on ever larger forms. The reason for this type of fraud might be the substained competitive pressure in this still-growing industry. The financial benefits for transporters may be large, but the risks for road safety are greater.
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Unfortunately, 168 drivers were also found taking part in road traffic under the influence of alcohol, as well as 28 drivers under the influence of drugs.

Collisions involving goods vehicles usually have particularly serious consequences for accidents, even for other road users.
The main causes of accidents for these serious traffic accidents (speed, insufficient load securing, driver fatigue and technical defects of the vehicles) are to be counteracted by checks on goods traffic.

In 4.962 cases (4.773 trucks, 189 buses) serious technical defects were found.
2.148 trucks and 159 busses were found with overweight. Also was the load securing insufficient on 1.618 trucks.
Although the offences in the dangerous goods sector initially appear small in percentage terms at less than 3%, this have been 678 offences (102 less offences than in the same period of the previous year).

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At the controlled buses most violations were noted by missing documents (3.090), the use of seat belt (711), excessive speed (897) and technical defects (189).
397 bus drivers also had exceeded the legally permitted driving times
Especially in the field of passenger transport, passengers must be able to rely on the fact that the vehicles are in perfect technical condition and the drivers are not overtired.

The result of the control week shows that inspections in the area of heavy goods traffic and passenger transport are still an important approach to improve traffic safety.

In addition to the punishment of violations, the drivers are informed by clarifying discussions on the dangers such as insufficient securing of load, putting on seat belt or fatigue due to exceeding of driving times.
But also the constantly increasing problem of distraction at the wheel by e.g. use of mobile phones or other electronic devices should be countered during these checks.

Some numbers:
Exceeding speed limits trucks 9.502, busses 897
Seatbelts and other safety restraints trucks 3.177, busses 711
Illegal immigration / Human trafficking 243 cases (249 in same month 2019)
Drug-related findings 93 cases (45 in same month 2019)
Firearms related findings 83 cases (15 in same month 2019)
Property Crimes 373 cases (182 in same month 2019)
Wanted persons 106 (147 in same month 2019)

The next ROADPOL operation Truck & Bus will take place from 8th to 14th February 2021.

But first, the ROADPOL Alcohol & Drugs operation will be held from 7 to 13 December 2020.

Police catches speeders from customized toilet

 

The unit Midden-Nederland of the Dutch National Police have come up with a new way to hide flash equipment: in a mobile toilet.

 

After a road has been built or reconstructed by the road authority, it is not finished.

Roads need regular maintenance, such as mowing the roadsides or pruning bushes and trees, as well as freshening up or adjusting road markings and repairing crash barriers.

This must of course be done in a way that is as safe as possible for road workers.

On the Waterlinieweg, a provincial road in Utrecht, it has become apparent in recent years that this safety is being compromised.

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Also this time, the police traffic specialist for the city of Utrecht was approached by the province to see if the police could help.

The traffic specialist asked the Traffic Enforcement Team to monitor the speed during the maintenance, but only if work was actually taking place. We have done this several times, for example by the use of laser (cam) and the use of the radar. In this case, both the radar and the laser operator were placed in a customized “Dixi” (a mobile toilet). In this way we were completely absorbed in the work and were not noticed. A form of smarter enforcement.
During the work, the normal maximum speed of 70 km/h was reduced to 50 km/h.
In one week, 143 fines were issued for exceeding the speed limit.

This commitment was greatly appreciated by the road workers, they were able to complete the work quickly and safely.

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4   A speed camera is hidden in this mobile toilet © skoften.net                                       © PolitieNL

the new Exec

 

 

ROADPOL Conference 14 – 15 September 2020


Due to the Corona situation the scheduled ROADPOL Conference in March 2020 had to be cancelled. We all had the hope to meet each other in Germany in September 2020 to hold the first ROADPOL elections. But again this conference had to be cancelled too. For the first time, the meetings of the Operational Working Group and the Council were held digitally. This posed particular challenges as elections were to be held for the first time.

 

Not everything worked perfectly. Some members were unable to attend for various technical reasons or holidays. But in the end 23 members came together and elected the new ROADPOL Council for the first time.

 

The conference started with the digital meeting of the Operational Working Group (OPG) on 14 September. 

 

After the former Chair of OPG, Egbert-Jan van Hasselt, had left due to his retirement, the members elected Marijke Eskes (Netherlands) as their new Chair of OPG by an overwhelming majority of 96%.
Marijke ESKES has been Vice-Chair of OPG since the days of TISPOL and is highly respected in the ROADPOL family. By her election Marijke automatically becomes a member of the ROADPOL Executive Committee according to ROADPOL's statutes.

 

OPG had an exchange of views on the impact of the Corona virus on traffic police work.
Then the members adopted the Wallplanner 2021 with all dates for the planned ROADPOL operations 2021.

 

On Tuesday 15 September, the ROADPOL Council met for the first time, also virtually.


Council meetingThe elections of the ROADPOL Executive Committee were on the agenda. According to the statutes, the TISPOL Executive Committee, elected in 2019, had continued its work in the newly established ROADPOL until the first official ROADPOL elections.

 

First of all, the members expressed their confidence in Volker Orben and elected him unanimously as the new ROADPOL President. Volker Orben (Germany) had taken on the difficult task of transforming the former TISPOL Network into a new independent association, ROADPOL e.V.


Sanja Veic (Croatia) was elected as Vice-President

World Day of Remembrance for road traffic victims

World Day of Remembrance for road traffic victims - 15.11.2020 ROADPOL supports the 25th WDoR with a video message of his President Volker Orben. For more information visit https://worlddayofremembrance.org/ and see #WDR2020 and @WDRemembrance

 HUNGARY: Emotional films on road safety

1“Last goodbye”– this is the title of one of the latest prevention video clips made by Hungarian police officers at the Accident Prevention Unit in Hajdú-Bihar County.

 

More video clips and visuals are required to make their work efficient.

In cooperation with professional filmmakers, the police officers from Hajdú-Bihar county already produced four short videos specifically for social media.

The ambulance crew, the fire brigade and police officers were in the centre of the short videos. During the shooting, the filmmakers could experience how a rescue work would proceed, when it runs like clockwork. The well assembled workforce did its duty as if the accidents would be real.

 

“Last goodbye” is the first video clip in their campaign and within two weeks it has been watched by more than 250.000 road users.2

 

This film presents the idea that no one thinks, when they get in the car and start a journey or make a trip, that this could be the last one. Unfortunately, many drivers still never actually return home. The message of the video clip is: “You don’t leave home thinking you’ll never be back again... do you?”