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DVSA, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency are now cracking down harder than ever with new proposed fines coming into affect in March. The new fines will be strict but fair as they try and clamp down on tachograph infringements and driving tired.

In a single roadside check, DVSA traffic examiners can issue fines for up to 5 drivers’ hours offences. It means you could be fined up to £1,500 in a single check if you’ve consistently broken the rules.

It won’t matter if the offences took place in Great Britain or elsewhere.

 

 

 

The devastating consequences of driving tired

 

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 the most part tiredness and collisions cost lives and family termoil on a scale that is totally reprehensible.

In addition commercial vehicle collisions cost the economy an estimated £16.3 billion a year and add pressure on the NHS and emergency services.

In a single roadside check, DVSA traffic examiners will issue fines for up to 5 drivers’ hours offences. It means you could be fined up to £1,500 in a single check if you’ve consistently broken the rules.

It won’t matter if the offences took place in Great Britain or elsewhere.

 

Safer Trucks, Safer Roads

The DVSA have announced a huge crackdown on businesses who are cheating on mandatory inspections/tests for their vehicles, which to the general public is a good sign as too many companies, for far too long are using commercial vehicles that are unsafe to be on the roads.

 

 “DVSA’s priority is to protect you from unsafe drivers and vehicles. We are committed to taking dangerous lorries off Britain’s roads. Stopping emissions fraud is a vital part of that. Anyone who flouts the law is putting the quality of our air and the health of vulnerable people, at risk. We won’t hesitate to take action against these drivers, operators and vehicles”.

 

Gareth Llewellyn, DVSA Chief Executive

 

 

A great step forward by the DVSA, who are taking the matter extremely seriously. Recognising the problem is half the battle won, hopefully the ongoing issue will be continually monitored and unsafe vehicles removed from UK roads.

 

 

“Traffic Commissioners welcome the steps being taken by the enforcement agency to identify emissions cheats. Use of these devices threatens to undercut responsible and compliant operators as well as damaging the environment and public health. Traffic Commissioners will look to take action wherever an operator seeks an unfair and illegal advantage over the rest of industry”.

 

Richard Turfitt, Senior Traffic Commissioner