NEW Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) rules mean that British truckers now face fines of up to £300 for every one-hour tachograph breach in a 28 day period. Previously, fines could only be issued for working-hour offences logged on the day in question.
Foreign drivers without a UK address will also have to pay an on-the-spot fine or risk having their vehicle clamped. A total of five breaches – totalling a maximum £1,500 in fines – will be allowed over the four-week period before a driver is taken to court.
Gareth Llewellyn, DVSA chief executive, said: “There’s no excuse for driving whilst tired. The results of falling asleep at the wheel of a 44 tonne lorry can be devastating to families and communities.”