Commercial Vehicle Unit

MQT on 2014-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2014
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How many drink drivers have been charged after being stopped by the Commercial Vehicle Unit in the last four years?  Please break down by year and by garage responsible for the Commercial Vehicle Unit that stopped the offender.


Answer for Commercial Vehicle Unit

Answer for Commercial Vehicle Unit

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS Commercial Vehicle Unit is a small team of officers that deal with this specialist area of roads policing. The Commercial Vehicle Unit (CVU) concentrates on enforcement and education of Heavy Commercial Vehicles and Operators. The team works closely with the DVSA, HMRC, TFL and the Haulage Industry to reduce KSI collisions.

Due to restructuring within the Roads Traffic Policing Command the unit has changed its operating locations from four bases to two - one situated in the East and one in the West of London. They will under the new model move to a 24/7 capability.

The numbers shown below detail the number of drink drive related arrests made by officers attached to the Commercial Vehicle Unit over the last four years. These arrests do not relate solely to those driving Commercial Vehicles as the officers will also interact with other road users.

2014 so far - Four (4) arrests - 1 x Hampton, 2 x Chadwell Heath and 1 x Catford

2013 - Three (3) arrests - 1 by Alperton and 2 x Hampton

2012 - One (1) arrest - 1 x Chadwell Heath

2011 - Three (3) arrests - 2 x Chadwell Heath and 1 x Catford.