From March 5 2018, there is going to be stricter consequences in relation to the law around EU Driver’s Hours and Working Time Directive.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) can fine drivers up to £300 if they’re caught breaking the rules. Drivers can also be prosecuted in court.
At the moment, DVSA can only fine drivers for:
- offences committed that day
- ongoing offences, like manipulating tachograph records, which record drivers’ hours
From Monday 5 March 2018, DVSA traffic examiners will start issuing on-the-spot fines for any drivers’ hours offences committed in the last 28 days.
- In a single roadside check, DVSA traffic examiners will issue fines for up to 5 drivers’ hour’s offences.
- It means you could be fined up to £1,500 in a single check if you’ve consistently broken the rules.
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Fines to deter drivers from not resting properly
As well as giving fines to drivers for recent offences, DVSA traffic examiners have started issuing fines to deal with drivers who don’t properly rest.
Since 1 November 2017, DVSA has started to fine drivers up to £300 if they spend their full weekly rest break in their vehicle in places where it causes a problem. For example, if a lorry driver spends their full break in the cab of their lorry in a layby.
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.
For more information about Driver Hour’s and Working Time Directive, click here