The Road Haulage Association supports DVSAâ€™s action on driversâ€™ hours compliance but is concerned about the lack of legal rest areas for drivers to park.
FromÂ Monday 5 March, DVSA traffic examiners will start issuing on-the-spot fines for driversâ€™ hours offences committed in the previous 28 days. Theyâ€™ll be able to issue fines for five offences in a single check.
With fines of up to Â£300 for each offence a driver could be liable for Â£1,500 in a single stop whether the offences were committed in the UK or abroad. DVSA will also have the option to immobilise the vehicle.
â€œWe welcome enforcement that increases road safety and ensures drivers get their rest breaks,â€ said RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett. â€œAnd it will certainly help DVSA get a grip on drivers whoâ€™ve crossed into the UK having driven long distances without sufficient breaks before theyâ€™ve got here.â€
â€œWhilst we support action against firms who deliberately flout driversâ€™ hours rules, we also call on the Government to address the urgent need for more lorry parking areas so that drivers have somewhere secure to rest.â€