Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Working Hours

Transport written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Richard Burden Richard Burden Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) British and (b) foreign national drivers of HGVs were found to be breaking the drivers' hours regulations in each year since 1997; how many were prosecuted in each such year; and what penalties were imposed.

Photo of Claire Perry Claire Perry Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The information requested is in the following table.

Only fixed penalties and prosecutions have been included as these refer specifically to drivers’ hours and tachograph record offences. Penalties are imposed by the courts and will vary depending on which court deals with the case. Penalties are either a prohibition, a fixed penalty notice or a fine imposed by a court.

All offences carry the same maximum penalty. The fine (and costs) ultimately imposed is determined by each bench dependent on the facts of the case. A majority of offences are dealt with by a magistrates court with the more serious being dealt with at the Crown court.

VOSA roadside drivers hours checks and outcomes
  Nationality of the vehicle Fixed Penalty
  GB Foreign For drivers hours and tacho & records offences
  Checked Prohibited Checked Prohibited GB Foreign Number reported Number of convictions
2007-08 46,325 7,339 30,606 7,329 4,274 3,520
2008-09 53,219 9,158 46,335 9,913 6,801 5,959
2009-10 57,501 8,229 82,371 13,714 2,547 9,981 4,517 4,108
2010-11 51,426 8,263 70,647 11,171 2,000 7,983 3,498 3,364
2011-12 44,517 8,766 56,445 9,586 2,343 6,382 5,475 3,965
2012-13 37,388 7,251 43,408 7,771 1,972 5,191 4,995 3,794
2013-14 38,972 5,070 39,006 6,077 2,022 4,675 5,990 4,050

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