DVSA new driver hours enforcement powers date set

From the 5th of March, the DVSA is to start issuing on-the-spot penalties to lorry, bus and coach drivers that repeatedly break drivers’ hours rules.

Under the new regulations, DVSA examiners are now able to fine drivers for any offenses committed in the last 28 days.

Under the current regs, the DVSA can only fine drivers for breaking drivers’ hours rules on the day they have been caught, though they can also be fined for ongoing offences such as manipulating tachograph records.

“DVSA’s priority is to protect you from unsafe drivers and vehicles,” said DVSA chief executive, Gareth Llewellyn. “There’s no excuse for driving while tired. The results of falling asleep at the wheel of can be devastating. Any driver or operator breaking these rules is putting other road users at risk.

“These tougher penalties will help us to take stronger action against any drivers or operators who break the law, helping keep the public safe on Britain’s roads.”

Those drivers that don’t live in the UK will have to pay any penalties before continuing on their journey. If necessary, their vehicle will be immobilised until they’ve done so.