During the TISPOL conference in Manchester 2018, TECH WG member Espen Andreassen from Norway came into contact with the supplier of the "enforcement trailer". During the Tech-WG meeting it became clear that an operational test period in the Netherlands would be organized with this trailer. John Gelderblom, Netherlands TECH WG member, was approached and a programme for a visit was drawn up.
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Between 18 and 24 February, on streets across Europe, checks of heavy goods traffic and coaches will take place. It's anticipated that 27 TISPOL member countries will participate.
The focus will be on driving and resting hours as well as acceptasble technical condition of the vehicles.
During the large-scale week of controls drivers will be checked with regard of the Europe-wide social legislations (only those who are fit and well rested will be able to take part safely on road traffic).
Police and customs services from the Netherlands, Luxembourg, France and Belgium jointly held an international campaign against drug trafficking and drug tourism from Thursday 7 February to Sunday 10 February 2019.
241 of the 2 175 people checked were in possession of drugs and 19 of them were under the influence.
31 people were legally arrested and 10 vehicles were confiscated.
Time and again serious accidents occur because truck drivers continue their trips under the influence of alcohol after their resting period on Sunday. Therefore police officers have increased their controls at parking and resting areas. The results of last Sunday evening however are very worrying:
328 truck drivers have been checked
68 of them had alcohol in their system
48 of them were prohibited from further travel
19 truck drivers have had an alcohol concentration between 0,5 %o and 1,09 %o (promille).
Police officer Christian Plötz commandeered an unusual vehicle to pursue and arrest an offender recently. The man, while jogging in a nature reserve in the city of Worms, was alleged to have attacked a a woman who was exercising her dog using a scooter.
The woman, who had been pushed to the ground by the jogger, called the police and was fortunate to find a patrol officer very close by. Officer Plötz tried to follow the suspect on foot, but failed to keep up with him.