Road Traffic Offences: Tachographs

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 1 December 2017.

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Photo of John Spellar John Spellar Labour, Warley

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many drivers were (a) charged and (b) convicted of tachograph offences in the last year for which figures are available.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

In the year 2016/17, a total of 854 prosecutions were brought for tachograph and record keeping offences, of which 667 led to a conviction. These offences include infringements such as failure to use the tachograph correctly. In the same year, there were a further 1,066 prosecutions for drivers’ hours offences (such as exceeding maximum driving times), of which 1,034 led to a conviction. Only the most serious breaches of these rules tend to be taken to prosecution, with a far greater number being dealt with by graduated fixed penalties.

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