Enforcement data has recently been published showing the top ten prosecution offences for professional driving, together with the details of the associated fixed penalties and prohibitions issued.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) monitors and enforces regulations applying to transport and passenger vehicle operations, and vocational drivers.
Offences concerning tachographs and breaching the rules surrounding driver’s hours remains high on the list. These offences can not only result in criminal convictions, but can lead to the loss of repute of professional drivers and those who employ them.
Therefore, this data should serve as a reminder of the importance of having strong compliance systems in place to prevent anti-competitive behaviour, prevent driver fatigue, and to reduce the prospects of dangerous driving and business practices.
The regulations and laws exist to protect all road users. The transport and logistics sector is a highly regulated industry and this data should be placed into context of the positive work of the industry, and those who work within it, which is immeasurable.