Results from July truck and bus operation show big rise in drink and drug offences

Published Wed, 28/08/2019 - 06:09

A WEEK-LONG police safety operation across Europe has led to the removal from the road of some 1,326 trucks and buses for dangerous defects. The action followed checks of more than 322,772 trucks across 27 countries between 22 and 28 July.  Co-ordinated by TISPOL, the European Road Policing Network, the operation saw police carrying out a wide range of safety inspections that focused on speeding, alcohol, drugs, seatbelt use, tachograph infringements, excess weight, dangerous loading and document offences. 

Altogether, 18.2 per cent of the 200,298 trucks and 6.9 per cent of the 122,474 buses checked by officers had some form of violation against the rules. 

The number of drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs (257) has increased considerably since 2018, when there were 147 offences detected in a similar European week-long operation.

A total of 44,745 offences were reported, including the following:

  • 257 drivers for alcohol and drug offences
  • 5,680 instances of drivers exceeding their maximum permitted time at the wheel
  • 266 manipulations of digital tachographs
  • 4,801 examples of incorrect tachograph management
  • 1,756 overweight trucks and 1,514 insecure loads. Of the 2,929 trucks prohibited from continuing their journeys, most were because of technical defects on the vehicles


Officers checking buses recorded 685 cases of missing documents, 1,146 seatbelt offences, 1,634 speeding violations and 332 technical defects.

TISPOL president Volker Orben said: “TISPOL is committed to safer, more secure roads across Europe. Key to this is improved monitoring of large goods vehicles, their drivers and their cargoes. We know that the vast majority of truck drivers and operators take a pride in the quality and safety of their work, and we strive to support them. We find they value the work we do, and co-operation with them at the roadside is generally excellent. 

“It is against the less scrupulous operators, who put profits first and who will cut safety corners in the process, that our efforts are focused.  We are also working to ensure a more consistent enforcement of current laws governing large goods vehicle safety.”