Gov.uk have recently reported that the rules will soon be changed so that lorry drivers can now be fined for not abiding to the driver hours laws. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) can fine drivers up to £300 if they’re caught breaking the rules. They can also be prosecuted or have their vehicle immobilized. This is everything from the amount hours driven in a given period, as well as ensuring all breaks are taken at the correct times.
This new change is in a bid to increase overall safety on the roads. Crashes involving tired lorry drivers can be devastating. Almost a quarter of injuries in accidents involving lorries are fatal or serious. About 40% of sleep-related accidents involve commercial vehicles.
According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), driving while tired may be responsible for:
- 1 in 5 of all accidents
- up to a quarter of serious and fatal crashes
6,300 drivers’ hours fines were given to lorry drivers by DVSA between April 2015 and March 2016
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Employ Recruitment will send out communications to all drivers when the official change in date is confirmed and any other information for drivers to prevent from driving tired. For any additional information on Drivers Hours Rules, please call us on 01335 346800 and we would be happy to send you any information required to keep you safe!