According to recent researches, driver fatigue is blamed for 10% of all road accidents and up to 20% of motorway accidents in the UK; 25% of lorry drivers suffer from dangerous levels of fatigue on the road because they are too busy to take a break. This article discusses whether and how far their employers are to blame. Anyone in charge of a vehicle weighing at least 3.5t is liable to the EU drivers' hours laws, which limit driving time to ten hours a day for two days a week and nine hours a day for other days, and specify required rest periods. Unfortunately, there are several ways of distorting driving records made by tachographs, and law enforcement has at least one loophole. At present, transport is not yet covered by the EU Working Time Directive, which became law in the UK on 1 October 1998 and limits the average working week to 48h, although the Transport & General Workers Union is urging an extension of this law. A Guppy sent a questionnaire to 220 drivers and 420 managers of lorries, asking them about their driving hours and breaks in relation to tiredness; the 720 replies showed quite high rates of bad practices. In January 2000, the road safety campaign group Brake held a conference for transport professionals concerned about fatigue, which produced useful advice for employers.

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  • Authors:
    • PARROTT, S
  • Publication Date: 2000-2


  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 44-5
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 191
    • Issue Number: 4860
    • Publisher: Reed Business Information, Limited
    • ISSN: 0010-3063

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  • Accession Number: 00790450
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Apr 11 2000 12:00AM