Drivers must go to prison for breaking drivers' hours rules, warns RHA
The Road Haulage Association (RHA) is calling for tougher action to be taken against truck drivers who falsify their driving records.
It urges the use of mandatory prison sentences to deter those who are tempted to cheat – backed by a strong commitment to detect and prosecute offenders through the courts.
“Falsifying driving records is planned in advance and is one of the most serious offences in road haulage,” says RHA chief executive Geoff Dunning. “Drivers do it because they can carry on driving for far longer than permitted under EU safety rules, which are designed to protect themselves and others.
"They are putting lives at risk and they are undermining the livelihoods of drivers who comply with the law.”
Dunning adds that the offence appears to be becoming more common, possibly due to increased economic pressures, but more likely because “ineffective enforcement” has increased the temptation to break the law.
The RHA is now calling on the government to take the lead on the matter and ensure adequate direction and resourcing is given to Vosa, along with more support from the police and the Magistrates' Association.