New DVSA enforcement powers
As of 1st February 2018, the DVSA can issue fixed penalties for offences, including breaches to the weekly rest rules and hours offences, that took place in the previous 28 days.
Both UK and foreign HGV drivers could face these penalties, and they cover offences committed in the UK and abroad.
The DVSA can now issue on-the-spot fines of £300 for up to five drivers’ hours offences in the previous 28 day period, meaning that any one driver could face a total fine of £1,500 for historical offences.
Non-UK drivers must pay their fine before continuing their journey and will have their vehicle immobilised until they pay.
The DVSA will also issue a £300 fine to drivers who spend their weekly rest in their cab in areas such as a lay-by or residential area.
These penalties will not be actively enforced until March to allow time for a full 28 day liable period to build up.