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 the working time directive see Using Tachographs: Information for operators and drivers
- The Department for Transport provides guidance for drivers and operators of goods vehicles on all aspects of the EU Drivers’ Hours rules, AETR Drivers’ Hours rules and GB Domestic Drivers’ Hours rules, see https://www.gov.uk/drivers-hours.
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A haulage company was fined £90,662 for drivers’ hours offences and failing to keep records. VOSA operation director said “these fines show that the courts deal firmly with those companies who do not take their responsibilities seriously”.