Truck safety, mobile phones and disabled parking misuse on the agenda at TISPOL Operational Group meeting in Germany

Published Mon, 19/03/2018 - 08:32

Members of TISPOL's Operational Group (the 'OPG') met in Germany recently, and discussed the following topics:

Plans for Project EDWARD were launched at the meeting.  This year EDWARD is on 19 September and a high-level event on that day will take place in Madrid.  Building on the last two years a series of events will take place in each member country in a combined effort to reduce the number of fatalities on the roads of Europe.

The group discussed Operation Trivium allowing the sharing of intelligence across borders in order to deal with both traffic legislation but also the prevention and detection of crime.  The operation will take place later this year with several countries taking part.

Marijke Eskes from the Netherlands  said that a working group had been set up to look at minimum standards for trucks and buses so that all agencies have a clear understanding on how to approach different issues  For example drivers hours - should a driver be allowed to continue if found to be in breach plus many other areas.  Marijke will represent TISPOL on the group

Keiran O'Connor from Ireland gave a presentation on 'Operation Enable' focussing on the misuse of the disabled 'blue badge' parking scheme. The operation discovered a wide range of breaches of the scheme which resulted in prosecutions and was very effective.  The Operations Group agreed that they would support a campaign on 3 December 2018 which is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

The misuse of mobile phones was further highlighted in a presentation by Sanja Veic from Croatia who held an event titled 'a day without mobile phones' with Croatian security members leading the campaign during which drivers, pedestrians and cyclists were targetted and asked to sign a pledge to comply with legislation and the appropriate use.

Fabio Levzzi from Italy gave a presentation about reseach he is conducting around both vehicle and ANPR data which can be used across four key elements crash, crime, congestion and highway protection.  His reseach paper will be published in April showing how such data can help direct the Italian Traffic Police.