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Finland: enforcement operation reveals increase in misuse of truck driver hours regulations

Published Wed, 02/03/2016 - 11:17

Police across Finland conducted a special control operation with a focus on heavy traffic between 15 and 21 February 2016. The operation, carried out nationwide, resulted in sanctions for 452 drivers of vehicles of domestic origin, and 85 drivers of foreign vehicles.

 “Most violations involved the misuse of driving hours and rest periods; of these, 298, or 13 per cent of the stopped drivers, were subject to sanctions,” says Chief Superintendent Kari Onninen of the National Police Board.

More than 2,000 drivers caught at 100mph-plus on roads in England and Wales

Published Thu, 25/02/2016 - 09:52

New figures uncovered by BBC Radio 5 live have found that more than 2,000 (2,169) people in the UK were caught driving at more than 100mph in the year 2014/15. The fastest driver was caught in Cambridgeshire travelling at 156mph. 

The BBC obtained the figures after making a freedom of information request to all of the police forces in the UK. In total, 41 out of the 45 forces responded to the request and provided information. 

Hungarian truck driver stopped in Spain 'was eight times over the limit'

Published Fri, 19/02/2016 - 11:23

Guardia Civil Traffic Police in Murcia detained a truck driver under the influence of alcohol. The 40-tonne truck was stopped at a road checkpoint. Traffic Police officers observed that the truck was highly damaged in one of its sides; the damage was consistent with the truck hitting the metal barriers at the side of the highway. The driver’s behaviour showed clear symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol. The alcohol tests were positive, with a level of alcohol eight times above the permitted level (1.15 mg/l).