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What are Traffic Officers?

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What are Traffic Officers?

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Traffic Officers, sometimes referred to as HATO’s, are employees of the Highways Agency, which is part of the Department For Transport. The agency is responsible for the maintenance and operation of England’s “Strategic” road network. This includes all of england’s motorways and some “A” class trunk road dual carriageways. The role is varied, and includes the following responsibilities: • Removal of debris from the carriageway • Conducting high visibility patrols • Managing traffic around incidents • Attending and overseeing the clear up of Road Traffic Collisions, and motorists who have broken down. • Providing mobile and temporary road closures HATO’s as uniformed public servants of the Crown, carry several legal powers to enable them to undertake their role. These include powers to stop and direct traffic, powers of a constable to place temporary signage, and powers to remove abandoned and damaged vehicles. It is an offence not to comply with the direction of a Traffic Officer. Thes

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