Road safety operation results in big fines for drivers’ hour offences

Posted by Robin Layfield on 21st Aug 2017

A HGV driver was fined £800 after breaching his drivers’ hours’ offences detected at a road safety operation conducted with North Wales Police in August. A vehicle examiner from North Wales Police’ Forensic Collision Investigation Unit inspected vehicles stopped. The 25-year-old driving a 44-ton vehicle was stopped only two weeks earlier for similar offences and fined £900 bring the total fines to £1,700. Tachograph analysis software such as Smartanalysis cost just 25p per driver per working day. The fines paid would have covered the cost of Smartanalysis for managing drivers’ hours compliance for 6,800 working days or around 30 years! During the operation on the day officers spoke to a number of drivers. Six vehicles were seized for having no insurance, including one driver, who was already on 10 penalty points on his licence. Having no insurance could result in him losing his licence. Other offences detected include overloaded vehicles and drivers caught driving with the incorrect category of licence. PC Nick Power of the Commercial Vehicle Unit said: “Unfortunately tired drivers present a real danger to other road users, and in this case the man was driving a 44-ton HGV.”  “One van was also seen towing a trailer that was overloaded with bricks and rubble. The rubble could clearly be seen over the top of the trailer which was dangerous.” He added: “These road safety checks are regularly carried out by the team – this is all part of our ongoing commitment to keeping the roads safe for all.” Source: North Wales Police