Rules in the UK will be changed, so lorry, bus and coach drivers who drive tired will be fined for every time they’ve done it in the last 28 days. From 1 November, The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) can fine drivers up to £300 if they spend their full weekly rest break in their vehicle in places where it causes a problem, such as suburban areas. They can also be prosecuted or have their vehicle immobilised.
At the moment, DVSA can only fine drivers for:
- offences committed that day;
- ongoing offences, like manipulating tachograph records, which record drivers’ hours.
However, DVSA traffic examiners will be given new powers to issue on-the-spot fines for any drivers’ hours offences committed in the last 28 days.
So it can get quite tricky…