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Drivers’ hours: Driver Hire Training explain the changes to fines for commercial drivers

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It’s no wonder that Drivers’ Hours and Tachograph Rules continue to be our most popular Driver CPC training courses, considering the complexity of these two topics. From Monday 5th March the rules around fines for abusing these rules are set to change. Lorry, bus and coach drivers who break the rules will now be fined for every breach in the previous 28 days.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will be able to fine drivers up to £300 if they are caught breaking the rules. They can also be prosecuted or have their vehicle immobilised.

Previously, the DVSA could only fine drivers for:
• Offences committed that day
• Ongoing offences, like manipulating tachograph records, which record drivers’ hours

Now, 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 if you’ve consistently broken the rules.

Fines for Drivers who don’t take adequate rest breaks

As well as these recent offences the DVSA have also started to issue fines to those drivers who don’t take adequate rest breaks. All lorry, bus and coach drivers must take a 45-hour rest break every 2 weeks. These fines have been in place since 01st November 2017 and can be as much as £300 if they spend their full weekly rest break in their vehicle, unless they are parked at a formal rest area such as a truck stop.

According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) driving while tired may be responsible for.
• 1 in 5 of all accidents which occur
• Up to a quarter of serious and fatal crashes

Summary of Key Provisions

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“These new fines mean that it’s more important than ever to ensure that drivers are up to speed with the rules and regulations. Our most popular course without question is Drivers Hours & Road Transport (Working Time) Regulations and we expect that as drivers will want to avoid these fines we will see an increase in course bookings,” says John Keelan-Edwards our Driver Risk Management Director. “We are only too happy to oblige if that means delegates leave with updated knowledge and a better understanding of the rules and regulations, and they go on to be safer drivers as a result.”

If you are interested in our Drivers’ Hours course or any of the other modules offered by Driver Hire Training, call our team today on 0808 178 9977, or contact us for more information.