Two men have received suspended prison sentences and been disqualified from driving after they were caught travelling the wrong way on the M6 Toll in Staffordshire.
Officers from the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) were called at around 7.50pm on Sunday 12 July to a report of a white HGV travelling the wrong way on the M6 Toll road.
The vehicle was travelling southbound on the northbound carriageway, near to junction T4.
The vehicle had allegedly been seen speeding and performing U-turns on the carriageway and it was stopped near junction T4 at Weeford near Shenstone.
Two men inside the vehicle were arrested by CMPG officers and subsequently charged with driving a motor vehicle dangerously.
Both men appeared at Stafford Crown Court on Monday (3 Aug).
Nicusor Paun, aged 34, from Romania, was sentenced to eight months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months. He was disqualified from driving for two years.
Vasile Radoescu, aged 39, from Romania, was sentenced to four months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months. He was disqualified from driving for 12 months.
Chief Inspector Jed White, from CMPG, said: “We are committed to keeping the motorway network safe for all and will take appropriate action when motorists are acting dangerously.
“On this occasion these two individuals were clearly putting lives at risk, including their own.
“The sentences imposed by the court are to be welcomed. Although the men did not receive a custodial sentence they have been disqualified from driving and are off the roads.
“We will continue to work closely with our police colleagues across the Midlands region, and Midland Expressway Limited – which runs the M6 Toll, to keep the motorway network as safe as possible.”
James Hodson of Midland Expressway said: “We fully support the sentence imposed by the court for this dangerous behaviour.
“Midland Expressway is committed to ensuring that the M6 Toll is a safe environment and has a zero tolerance approach to such behaviour.
“M6 Toll control room operators continuously monitor the motorway with CCTV cameras and work closely with CMPG to ensure the appropriate response.”