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By Fiona Reid
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Police focus on driver hours

ROAD policing officers in Dumfries and Galloway held a week of action, carrying out checks on commercial vehicles traveling on the A74(M) and the A75.

Between March 14-18, they worked in partnership with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to engage with drivers, examine vehicles and also target those operators in breach of tachograph legislation surrounding drivers’ hours.

And over the course of the week, a total of 122 HGVs and commercial vehicles were stopped, with 29 driver hour offences detected and 16 vehicles prohibited from use on the road.

A number of other road traffic offences were detected, relating to licensing, lighting and construction offences.

Constable Colin Ramage, from the Lockerbie Road Policing unit, said: “The road safety charity Brake estimates that driver fatigue is the cause of between 10-20 per cent of all road crashes in the UK.

“It is important that we continue to engage with drivers and haulage companies to ensure that proper rest periods are observed and that tiredness does not cause a risk to these drivers and other road users.

“It is the responsibility of every driver to make sure that the vehicle they are driving is safe to be used on the road. Drivers should be aware of their own physical and mental fatigue whilst driving, and take reasonable steps to prevent fatigue from developing and causing a danger.”

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