• Drivers’ hours enforcement is good, but where are truckers to rest?

  • The Road Haulage Association supports DVSA’s action on drivers’ hours compliance but is concerned about the lack of legal rest areas for drivers to park.

    Since 5 March this year, DVSA traffic examiners have been able to issue on-the-spot fines for drivers’ hours offences committed in the previous 28 days.  They’ll be able to issue fines for five offences in a single check.

    With fines of up to £300 for each offence, a driver could be liable for £1,500 in a single stop whether the offences were committed in the UK or abroad.  The DVSA also has the option of immobilising the vehicle.

    “We welcome enforcement that increases road safety and ensures drivers get their rest breaks,” the Road Haulage Association’s Chief Executive, Richard Burnett, said.  “And it will certainly help DVSA get a grip on drivers who’ve crossed into the UK having driven long distances without sufficient breaks before they’ve got here.”

    But he added:  “While we support action against firms who deliberately flout drivers’ hours rules, we also call on the Government to address the urgent need for more lorry parking areas so that drivers have somewhere secure to rest.”