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The BBC report that 440 lorries were found to have manipulated tachographs last year, with a further 400 suspected of having done so.
The ‘good’ news is that the majority of these were found in lorries crossing into the UK from abroad and it is not thought to be a major problem with UK Hauliers currently.
It is reported that the renamed and therefore much more efficient DVSA carried out 223,000 roadside checks in the year to March 2017 and that 21% increase had been found in such issues. The tachograph interrupters used to disable a lorries advanced braking systems and speedometers when being used, creating an obvious risk to road users.
Somewhat unfairly, foreign drivers caught using these systems face much lower penalties than UK drivers and can get away with as little as a £300.00 fine, which makes it obvious why they are more likely to take such reckless risks. The home country of those drivers are supposed to punish the offenders but Portugal and Poland have not signed up to the network which would enable them to take such action. Given that several hundred of the drivers with manipulated tachographs last year were Polish, this is of grave concern and the European Commission is taking legal action against Poland and Portugal for not joining the network.
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