Humberside Police has admitted to hiding cameras in farm vehicles in a bid to catch speeding bikers on rural roads in East Yorkshire.
This is despite advice from the Government that ‘vehicles from which mobile speed cameras can be deployed should be liveried and clearly identifiable as an enforcement vehicle’.
A police spokesman confirmed to the Daily Mail that they were using tractors and other agricultural vehicles in a bid to cut down on fatal accidents involving motorbikes.
As part of Operation Achilles, the force has previously used marked bikes to catch speeders and reduce accident rates in the area.
But it decided that it’d prove cheaper to buy a tractor and a horsebox to hide police officers with handheld speed guns.
Inspector Mark Hughes from Humberside Police Road Policing told the Mail: “At the moment Humberside Police are conducting Operation Kansas in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
“This operation runs alongside the well-established and much publicised Operation Achilles. It is concerned with “high-end” speeding offenders in East Riding, deploying speed cameras, which are located in a variety of stationary vehicles.
“Vehicles which are detected travelling at very high speeds are stopped further along the road and drivers/riders are spoken to and dealt with at the roadside.
“Although the majority of offenders are motorcycles, a number of cars are also dealt with on this operation. We regularly record speeds in the high 90s and over 100 mph, these being on country roads where the national speed limit of 60 mph is in force.”