Non-UK hauliers who break road traffic laws can now be fined or have their vehicles immobilised under new road safety proposals published today by road safety minister Jim Fitzpatrick.
Police and examiners from the Vehicle Operator and Service Agency will from next year have the power to issue fixed penalty notices to hauliers for offences such as breaking driving hours, carrying loads over the weight limit or non-compliance with vehicle safety regulations.
They will also have the authority to prohibit any driver who has broken the rules from continuing a journey by immobilising the vehicle.
In addition, on the spot penalties for road offenses may be issued to any non-UK driver and penalty points can be awarded to a driver’s record.
Fitzpatrick said: “These tough new measures mean non-UK drivers who break our laws will find themselves in a similar position to UK drivers who are either issued with a fixed penalty or prosecuted in court.
“From next year all drivers without a satisfactory UK address who commit offences will have to pay a financial penalty deposit equal to the amount of the fixed penalty – or up to £300 as a surety in respect of a potential court fine.