Tough new powers come into force

14.26 | 5 April 2009 |

New powers to ensure that all drivers who break the rules of the road face tough penalties came into force last week.

Under the new laws drivers – including hauliers – living outside the UK are no longer able to escape the penalties faced by UK offenders. The police and examiners from the Vehicle Operator and Services Agency (VOSA) can now collect on-the-spot payments from alleged offenders who cannot provide a satisfactory UK address.

VOSA examiners will also – for the first time – be able to issue fixed penalty notices to drivers of heavy goods vehicles from both the UK and abroad, in addition to immobilising vehicles where driving hours, weight or vehicle safety rules have been broken.

Click here to read the full DfT press release.


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