Do You Know Why Infringements Could Now Cost You Up To £1500?
As you may or may not be aware, from the 3rd March 2018, In a single roadside check, A DVSA (Driver And Vehicle Standards Agency) traffic examiner can issue up to 5 on the spot fine for working time infringements committed in the last 28 days. It could mean up to a £1500 fine in a single check.
If you drive a lorry, bus or coach, you must abide by the rules on how many hours you can drive for without stopping. At this moment in time, the DVSA can only fine for drivers for offences committed that day and ongoing offences, like manipulating tachograph records, which record drivers’ hours.
Offences you can be fined for include:
- Your vehicle weighing more than its maximum permitted weight
- Driving for too long without taking a break
- Your vehicle not being roadworthy (for example, if it has a bald tyre)
You must have a UK address you can be easily contacted through. Hotels, agency or solicitor addresses aren’t accepted normally.
In the UK, If you have a satisfactory UK address, you’ll have 28 days from when the day you were given the fine too either:
- Pay the fine
- Ask or a court hearing if you want to appeal
It is your responsibility to manage the hours you drive and it is also your responsibility to pay the fine. Stay safe, understand the driver’s hour rules and follow them.
If you need any further information talk to your supervisor.
For further information go to the GOV.UK site for more information