Truckers That Exceed Hourly Driving Limit Could Receive On The Spot Fines
The Government is considering introducing on the spot fines for truckers that exceed their hourly limit behind the wheel. Excessive driving, of course, could prevent them getting enough rest which puts lives at risk. Furthermore, on the spot fines could be used to punish historical offences from the past twenty-eight days – as well as drivers caught in the act. Evidence could come via recording devices within the vehicles that monitor their movements. As things stand, historical offences can only be punished via a court summons. These can, however, be difficult to enforce with foreign hauliers that do not have an address in the United Kingdom, and simply go home. On the spot fines should resolve this issue, and make the law more consistent with other European Member States.
Government Minister Discusses New Fines For Hauliers
Roads Minister Stephen Hammond said: ‘Tired drivers are more prone to accidents which is why there are limits on the number of hours hauliers can drive. Sadly a selfish minority ignore this, putting others' road safety at risk.” He added: “The option to issue a fine for this offence would provide an effective weapon in the fight against irresponsible driving”.
UK HGV Road User Levy
The Government recently introduced a road levy for foreign registered heavy goods vehicles too. The HGV road user levy – as well as raising money to cover wear and tear to the road network – levels the playing field for British hauliers that have been paying to use foreign routes for some time. The Government has claimed this enables them to better compete for business with their foreign counterparts. The charge applies to all vehicles weighing twelve thousand kilogrammes or more (irrespective of the country of origin). It is structured in bands to reflect vehicle type, weight and the number of axles - and can be paid by the day, week, month or year. Prices range from £1.70 to £10 per-day and £85 to £1,000 per-year. The levy – that must be paid before a vehicle enters the United Kingdom – can be settled by credit/debit card, fuel card, bank transfer, PayPal, etc. There are also few locations where payment is taken in cash. Furthermore, the operator can create an account that enables him/her to pay faster, change dates of travel, claim refunds, cover a period longer than one month, review any payment history, register and change a lorry's details and permit a third party to operate the account, e.g. an employee.