Are U-turn crazy? Shocking footage of massive articulated lorry doing U-turn on M6 toll
This shocking footage shows a massive articulated lorry perform a U-TURN on the M6 TOLL.
Leonid Papachin drove the 40+ tonne vehicle the wrong way down the slip road at junction T5 for Burntwood, Staffs, before realising his mistake and pulling into the hard shoulder.
The 51-year-old Lithuanian then dangerously pulled out into the rush hour traffic and into the inside lane of the toll road at 5.30pm on Thursday October 23.
Motorway police stopped the wagon a short time after the manoeuvre was captured on CCTV.
Papachin was sentenced to 15 weeks in prison, suspended for two years, and ordered to pay £85 costs at Cannock Magistrates Court on Thursday October 30.
Motorway Patrol Manager, Chief Inspector Jed White, said: “Unfortunately this type of incident is all too common on the motorway network, especially the M6 Toll, where drivers attempt to avoid charges for using the road.
“On this occasion the driver should have contacted motorway police immediately to help him manoeuvre safely.
“We will always prosecute offenders and, as this case demonstrates, the penalties can be quite severe.
“Our CCTV systems cover the majority of carriageways and are monitored 24/7, so there is no hiding place.
“I hope that it serves as a deterrent to anyone who thinks they can put other motorists in jeopardy by ignoring motorway regulations.”