Suspended prison sentences for breaching tachograph and drivers' hours regulations

Posted by AndrewT on 15th May 2015

A coach driver admits falsifying tachograph records and was handed out a six-month jail sentence suspended for two years and ordered to pay £500 costs after admitting five breaches of the regulations. A colleague also admitted eight breaches of the regulations between 2011 and 2012 and was given a nine-month jail sentence suspended for two years and £500 costs. The court heard that a check on the coach firm revealed that a driver recorded as undertaking up to 30 journeys could not have been behind the wheel as she was actually working for a different company in the UK at the same time! The prosecutor told the court that the owner of the company, had a legal duty to check the records and should have spotted the discrepancies. This case involves the falsification of drivers’ hours work records. These are records required by law to be made by drivers and kept by operators of public service vehicles to maintain compliance with EU regulations regarding drivers’ hours. The purpose of the regulations is to ensure that drivers do not work excessive hours and so create a safety issue. Read the full story at The Spalding & South Holland Voice.