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Stiffer penalties for Drivers’ Hours offenders

By: Dave Robbins
16 October 2017

Drivers’ Hours and tachograph rules continue to be the most popular Driver CPC course. That’s certainly the case amongst Driver Hire Training’s nationwide customer base. And bookings for this seven hour course could be set to rise even higher following the recent announcement by the Driving & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) giving roadside traffic examiners the power to issue on-the-spot fines for breaches of Drivers’ Hours rules. Fines can be backdated to include offences committed in the previous four weeks.
When the increases kick in – the exact start date is still be announced – drivers caught at a roadside check could face fines of up to £1,500 if they’ve committed five drivers’ hours’ offences. The previous maximum was £300. In addition the fine is payable immediately. If the driver can’t pay, their vehicle is immobilised. As operators will recognise, the tougher sanctions have the potential to cause delays in promised delivery times and additional costs for operators; so a spot of revision on Drivers’ Hours on a Driver CPC course could be both money and time well spent.

“In view of the DVSA’s increased focus on drivers’ hours – and their announcement of increased fines for non-compliance – ensuring drivers are up to speed with the rules and regulations has never been more important,” says John Keelan-Edwards, Driver Hire’s Driver Risk Management Director. “Even before the DVSA announced the changes a quarter of all Driver CPC courses booked this year were for either Drivers’ Hours or Tachograph training courses. For obvious reasons I expect that this percentage will increase over the coming months. If operators need further information on where and when courses are taking place all they need to do is phone our Driver CPC bookings team on 0808 178 9977 who will put them in touch with their nearest convenient Driver Hire Driver CPC training course provider.” 
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