Tougher punishments must be introduced against those truck drivers who falsify their driving records, according to officials from the Road Haulage Association (RHA).
The fleet industry body is calling for the introduction of mandatory jail sentences for any driver found to have falsified the digital records on tachographs – the system used to record driving time.
At present, drivers use a variety of methods, such as magnets, to interrupt the signal of these devices and therefore stop them from recording additional data.
And the RHA believes that more should be done to uncover these industry cheats and prosecute them to the full extent of the law.
"Falsifying driving records is planned in advance and is one of the most serious offences in road haulage," explained chief executive Geoff Dunning.
"Drivers do it because they can carry on driving for far longer than permitted under EU safety rules, which are designed to protect themselves and others."
The RHA is calling on the Department for Transport to take the lead on clamping down on this.
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