The government has put forward proposals to issue on-the-spot fines to truckers who fail to pay the HGV levy or break the drivers hours rules in a move designed to improve enforcement for foreign vehicles.
Roads Minister Stephen Hammond has launched a consultation on the plan to give enforcement officers the option of giving truck drivers an on-the-spot fine instead of taking them to court.
The move targets foreign vehicles particularly. Enforcing drivers hours rules on foreign vehicles is difficult as drivers cannot be issued with a court summons.
The proposals would mean officers could issue a penalty for offences committed up to 28 days after an offence, and would also allow enforcement of the new HGV road user levy for similar periods.