UK drivers’ hours regulations – changes to fines for commercial drivers driving in the UK

Changes relating to the fixed penalties issued by both, DVSA and police officers for drivers’ hours and tachograph offences are due to be made soon.

Firstly, the maximum number of different offences for which fixed penalties can be issued on a single occasion will rise to 5.

Secondly and arguably more significant, penalties will also be issued that include previous offences committed during the previous 28 days.

This could mean that drivers could pay a maximum of £1,500 (5 times £300 fine). At present, drivers can only receive a maximum of 3 fixed penalties and these can only be issued for offences considered ‘current’, which typically means committed that day.

Far too many drivers still make basic errors when using their tachograph. With this increase in potential fines due soon it is vital, therefore, that you know how to use your tachograph to record your working day accurately and being able to demonstrate that you have observed Drivers’ Hours rules. Sign up now for one of our transport training courses and make sure that you don’t fall foul of the regulations.

Prompted by a large number of instances of drivers sleeping in illegally parked vehicles, from 1 November 2017,  DVSA traffic examiners will also be able to impose a £300 on the spot fine for drivers spending the whole of their 45 hours weekly rest period in their cab.

It has never been more important to understand and use your tachograph accurately and to comply with Drivers’ Hours regulations.

You can read more about the proposed changes to Drivers’ Hours fines here.

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