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Drivers: Working Hours Regulations

Volume 690: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 6 March (WA 29), how are offences brought to the notice of the administration concerned if the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency makes no record of foreign drivers breaking regulations. [HL2537]

All offences relating to the use of heavy commercial vehicles from other member states are reported to the competent authority in the home state on a monthly basis. This is in relation to the company responsible for the operation of the vehicle, not specifically the driver. Few other member states have a driving licence endorsement system like our own.

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) does not record the nationality of drivers prosecuted. VOSA does not generally prosecute non-UK resident offenders, as it cannot require the defendant to attend court, nor can any penalty given in their absence be enforced.

The Road Safety Act includes powers for the introduction of immediate financial deposits against penalties in relation to offences detected. VOSA and the Department for Transport are working to introduce these new powers by the end of 2007.