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Why Are So Many Drivers Still Getting This So Wrong (EU & Domestic Driving Hours)

This data was published by the DVSA on 20 March 2019.

I thought I would share this information today because I am concerned by just how many drivers are still being fined for breaches of EU and Domestic driving hours. In 2017, the DVSA had fined 4,236 drivers, however, this has now risen to an eye watering 19,723 in 2018, this is a staggering increase on the previous year, which has cost the industry an additional £3,653,450 So what do our drivers and operators need to do? When it comes to Driver CPC, we should not be trying to “refresh” knowledge, we should actually be stripping it back to basics and then rebuilding a driver’s knowledge base step by step; an approach that will clearly reduce your infringements.

Why Are So Many Drivers Still Getting This So Wrong (EU & Domestic Driving Hours)
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3 responses to “Why Are So Many Drivers Still Getting This So Wrong (EU & Domestic Driving Hours)”

  1. Training is the way forward, Many drivers are still confused about the rules. Extra tuition on this matter will lead to a downward trend in fines and a safer environment on the roads.

    • Hi Tony, thank you for your feedback. Drive Safe Yorkshire completely agrees with your additional training assessment, as so many drivers are still getting this lawful EU and Domestic requirement wrong. We fully appreciate that “on road” circumstances can sometimes affect the reason why an hours infringement occurs, but it has to be said that this is for the minority of cases. Businesses should be consider stripping it back to basics and then rebuilding a drivers knowledge base, so that future infringements can be potentially avoided. Regards

  2. I think the issue with this is partly, all of the “Truckstop Talk” that surrounds the regulations. It really isn’t hard to stay on the right side of the laws. I have also on occasion found that those office personnel who debrief infringements are not really sure of of the regulations which of course makes it very difficult for them to offer guidance.

    Good training is essential, for both drivers and planners.

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