It is the lawful duty of both drivers and their employers to ensure that they comply with the drivers’ hours and tachograph rules.
Breach of the rules relating to drivers’ hours can result in a fine of up to £2500. Failing to install or use a tachograph can land you a fine of up to £5000. This can apply to both the driver and the employer.
Deliberate falsification of tachograph records can result in up to two years imprisonment.
Being convicted of serious violations of the rules relating to tachograph records could result in the loss of your Operators License.
This area of law is especially complex and it is vitally important that those prosecuted for such offences seek expert advice from a road traffic expert at an early stage.
The rules to which a given driver or employer will be subject depend upon where the vehicle is being driven at the time, the type of vehicle being driven, and the type of driving being undertaken.
Generally speaking where a vehicle is being driven in the UK either British or European Union rules may apply. On the other hand if the vehicle is undertaking an international journey then either the European Union Rules or the European Agreement Concerning the Work of Crews of Vehicles Engaged in International Road Transport may apply.
Whether you have been prosecuted for a driver’ hours or tachograph violation or simply require general advice in relation to these matters your first stop should be to call us now.
All of Scotland Covered:
Including: Glasgow Edinburgh Aberdeen Dundee Paisley Renfrewshire East Kilbride Perth Livingston Cumbernauld Hamilton Kirkcaldy Dunfermline Ayr Kinross Kilmarnock Inverness Greenock Inverclyde Port Glasgow Coatbridge North Lanarkshire Glenrothes fife Airdrie Falkirk Stirling Rutherglen Dumfries Galloway Motherwell Wishaw Clydebank West Dunbartonshire Bearsden East Dunbartonshire Cambuslang Newton Mearns East Renfrewshire Bishopbriggs Musselburgh East Lothian Arbroath Angus Polmont Elgin Renfrew Renfrewshire Alloa Bellshill Clackmannanshire Blantyre Dumbarton West Dunbartonshire Kirkintilloch Clarkston East Renfrewshire Bathgate West Lothian Stenhousemuir Falkirk Peterhead Aberdeenshire Barrhead Grangemouth Falkirk St Andrews Fife Kilwinning Ayrshire Giffnock viewpark Buckhaven Penicuik Midlothian Stranraer Johnstone Erskine Larkhall Moray