On-the-spot fines for drivers’ hours plan

DVSA traffic examiners are to be given new powers to issue on-the-spot fines for any drivers’ hours offences committed in the last 28 days. In a single roadside check, the Agency’s traffic examiners will be able to issue fines for up to five drivers’ hours offences. It means fines of up to £1,500 in a single check could be made. It will not matter if the offences took place in Great Britain or elsewhere and applies to drivers who do not live in Great Britain. They will need to pay any fines immediately, before being allowed to continue their journey. DVSA will immobilise their vehicle until they pay. The exact date the rules will change are to be confirmed nearer the time. Currently, DVSA can only fine drivers for offences committed that day and ongoing offences (such as manipulating tachograph records).

Additionally, DVSA traffic examiners will start issuing fines to deal with drivers who do not properly rest. From 1 November 2017, DVSA will start to fine drivers up to £300 if they spend their full weekly rest break in their vehicle in places where it causes a problem.

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