In England and Wales in 2011, VOSA (now DVSA) issued £2.5m in fixed penalties and deposits and 3,178 convictions were for HGV drivers’ hours and infringement of tachograph rules. All transport operators have legal responsibilities for the actions of their drivers in maintaining compliance with drivers’ hours and working time regulations. Failure to comply with legislation can result in heavy fines, prosecution and the restriction or loss of the company operating licence.
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For further information on tachographs, drivers’ hours and working time legislation:
- There is lots of useful information for any transport operator driving in the UK or the EU on the Government’s Business Link Web Site.
- For specific advice on tachographs, drivers’ hours and working time directive in the UK and EU see Using Tachographs: Information for operators and drivers
- The UK Government Department for Transport guidance document for drivers and operators of goods vehicles on all aspects of the EU Drivers’ Hours rules, AETR Drivers’ Hours rules and UK Domestic Drivers’ Hours rules. (Revised 2009 GV262 – 02) Rules on drivers’ hours and tachographs – goods vehicles in the UK and Europe. (Adobe PDF document; 2 Mb)
- The UK Highways Agency current traffic information page Highways Agency: Live Traffic Information.
- Watch VOSA (now DVSA) HGV & PSV Drivers’ Hours Part 1 of 2
- Watch VOSA (now DVSA) HGV & PSV Drivers’ Hours Part 2 of 2
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