HGV drivers fined £34,410 in crack down on drivers’ hours and tachograph offences

Posted by AndrewT on 14th Jan 2014

A partnership operation by the police and VOSA over three weeks during November and December 2013 in Devon and Cornwall called Operation Fatigue resulted in fines of £34,410. The operation involved the stopping and checking domestic and foreign-based HGVs as they travelled through both counties. The specialist police officers were trained in drivers’ hours and tachograph legislation and analysis.  During the three-week period 376 vehicles were stopped, 1164 offences were detected and £34,410 of graduated fixed penalty fines were issued. Offences ranged from drivers failing to record details correctly on tachograph charts to drivers working over their permitted driving hours. A number of goods vehicles and drivers were prohibited from the road and vehicles immobilised until fines were paid or drivers’ hours corrected. Inspector Richard Pryce, head of roads policing, said: “It is imperative for those within the professional driving community to understand that road safety is an important priority. We must ensure that these drivers comply with the complex legislation designed to ensure their safety and the safety of other road users at all times.” With tachograph analysis and compliance management solutions such as Smartanalysis costing around 25p per driver per day the fines would have funded 137,640 days of digital driver downloads, analysis and reporting on drivers’ hours and tachograph legislation.