More than £1.5m in fines for drivers' hours and tachograph breaches in 2016/17



The DVSA handed out more than £1.5m in fines for drivers’ hours and tachograph offences last year after discovering 6,637 examples.

In 2016/17, 12 truck drivers received immediate prison sentences; and 30 received suspended sentences after breaching tachograph or drivers’ hours rules.

Some 6,637 fixed penalty notices were issued, recouping £1,487,750 in fines.

The DVSA highlighted the figures after a Bristol-based HGV driver was sentenced to six months in prison after he was found to have used another driver’s tachograph card to breach drivers’ hours rules.

DVSA enforcement officers discovered that Charles Dermott Byrne was using his brother’s driver card to avoid taking breaks and create false tachograph records.

Although Byrne admitted to having used the card a few times, closer analysis by the DVSA discovered he had used his brother’s card on 21 occasions between July 2016 and February 2017.

Byrne, of Davis Street, Bristol, was convicted of 21 counts of knowingly creating a false tachograph record and was given an immediate six-month custodial sentence.

DVSA chief executive Gareth Llewellyn said: “The DVSA is committed to protecting you from dangerous drivers and vehicles. 

“Driver tiredness is one of the biggest killers on Britain’s roads and we take attempts to get around drivers’ hours regulations very seriously.

“We will pursue anyone who commits drivers’ hours offences to the fullest extent of the law. This sentence sends a clear message - it will not be tolerated.”

Dollar Industries sales director Guy Barker: 60-second interview

Dollar Industries

My favourite holiday destination is…
Italy, for the food, wine, culture, scenery and (of course) the trucks and cars. We also love Devon and Cornwall as well as a place called Mojacar in Spain, which has an excellent climate and lovely beaches.

I drive…
An Audi A6 Allroad.

My hobbies are…
Following F1, Moto GP and spending time with family and friends.

My favourite TV programme is…
Designated Survivor.

The celebrity I would most like to meet is…
If he was still alive, Enzo Ferrari.

I got into the industry because…
My grandfather was in the motor trade. Also my dad started with Fiat/Iveco in 1979, so it was sort of in my blood.

To encourage more young people into the industry we should…
Get into the schools and promote the opportunities available not just in sales, but on the repair side. Trucks are high-tech pieces of equipment that need engineers to maintain them. It’s important that we offer quality apprenticeships.

The outlook for our sector of the market over the next 12 months is…
Challenging. The uncertainty of Brexit, lack of demand in the export market, and competition from contract hire means we in the used trucks business need to work hard.

Dollar Industries is different from the competition because…
We are a family business, so it’s personal. We don’t just want to sell you a truck, but build a relationship. Many of our customers buy via phone or email without seeing the truck.

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