HGV, Commercial and Goods Vehicle Offences

Motoring offences which involve goods vehicles is quite complex and covers many different areas including:

Insecure loads 

Loads attached to HGV’s must be securely attached. The DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) say a secure load is one which will not affect the stability of the vehicle, fall or cause danger and injury to other road users. There are laws which govern the weight of loads to be transported. The responsibility of securing loads to their vehicle is shared by the operator of the vehicle and the driver. Failure to do this could result in licence penalty points, fines or even imprisonment.

Careless driving (CD30 Offence)

The offence of driving a goods vehicle without due care and attention, or without reasonable consideration for other road users carries the endorsement code CD30. This carries a penalty of between 3 and 9 penalty points on your licence for 4 years.

Dangerous Driving (DD80 Offence)

The offence of dangerous driving carries the endorsement code DD40 and the maximum penalty for this offence is a minimum 12 months driving ban and 2 years imprisonment. If you cause death by dangerous driving it carries the endorsement code of DD80 and a maximum penalty of 14 years imprisonment and a minimum driving ban of 2 years.

Causing or likely to cause danger by reason of load or passengers (CU50 Offence)

This offence is legislated for by the 1991 Act and carries the endorsement code CU50. The maximum penalty for this offence if committed by a goods vehicle is a £5,000 fine, 3 penalty points on your licence and a disqualification.

Not having a tachograph fitted

Tachographs are mandatory within industries that employ distance drivers. They record whether the vehicle is moving or stationary at any given time, the distance travelled and also records the speed of a vehicle. Subject to strict regulations their primary use is by officials who enforce the rules regarding the number of hours drivers are allowed to drive.

It is against the law to tamper with a tachograph or its data. It is also an offence not to install a tachograph to a vehicle when one is required by law. The maximum punishment for anyone found guilty of tampering with a tachograph is an unlimited fine and up to two years in prison. Those found guilty of not fitting a tachograph to a vehicle which requires one could find themselves facing a fine as high as £50,000.

Exceeding the daily driving hours limit

Drivers of goods vehicles must not drive for more than 10 hours a day.

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