Drink and drug driving offences double during HGV operation

13.11 | 20 March 2019 |

Approximately 300 drink or drug drive offences were detected by police forces across Europe during a recent HGV and bus enforcement campaign – double the number in corresponding campaign in 2018.

Between 19-24 February, checks of HGVs and coaches took place in 29 TISPOL member countries – including the UK – with the emphasis on ensuring drivers are ‘legally rested’ and their vehicles roadworthy.

A total of 103,515 HGVs and 18,047 buses were checked, with more than 33,000 violations reported (HGVs: 30,014, buses: 3,371).

While most of the offences were violations of drivers’ hours regulations, 212 alcohol and 86 drug offences were detected – nearly double the rate from 2018, when 80 alcohol and 35 drug-driving offences were recorded.

The most common bus violations included non-wearing of seatbelts (22), excessive speed (18) and technical defects (eight).

Volker Orben, a member of TISPOL’s executive committee, said: “European police officers have a very high standard of training in heavy traffic controls, which is reflected in the high complaint rate.

“These results show that inspections in the area of ​​heavy goods traffic and passenger transport are still an important approach to improve traffic safety.

“Especially in the field of ​​passenger transport, passengers must be able to rely on the fact that the vehicles are in perfect technical condition and the drivers are not fatigued.”


 

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