Foreign lorry drivers to face up to fines

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The FTA has welcomed the proposals in the Road Safety Bill which will mean that foreign drivers caught in breach of endorsable offences will be obliged to pay an immediate deposit equal to the likely fine. In this way they would not be able to avoid paying fines, as is often the case at present.

FTA external affairs director Geoff Dossetter says: “It is evident that foreign lorries are much more likely to offend traffic regulations than UK domestic drivers.

“Statistics show that foreign drivers break drivers’ hours rules four times as much as UK drivers and for overloading the rate is twice as much. In the past it has been too easy for offending foreign drivers to simply leave the country and avoid a fine. That situation will change.”

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