Touring coach driven without break for 31 hours

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1 August 2006, AMSTERDAM — Dutch transport inspectors have imposed a EUR 4,260 fine on a coach company for keeping one of its vehicles on the road for 31 hours without a break during a journey from Morocco. The coach was impounded.

1 August 2006

AMSTERDAM — Dutch transport inspectors have imposed a EUR 4,260 fine on a coach company for keeping one of its vehicles on the road for 31 hours without a break during a journey from Morocco. The coach was impounded.

Coach operators are known to bend and ignore the regulations but this was "exceptional", a spokesperson for the inspection service said on Tuesday. "Unfortunately bus companies are breaking the rules more regularly. These sorts of incidents underline the need for our spot checks."

The bus from Morocco was halted during an inspection by the Belgium border on Sunday and Monday. Belgian inspectors were also involved.

A total of 98 touring coaches were checked. Problems were detected on 17 of the vehicles and four were not allowed to continue on their way. "Regrettably, this is a very normal result for these types of inspections," the spokesperson said.

The most common offence is drivers not taking sufficient rest periods. They must take an eight-hour break after a maximum of ten hours behind the wheel in any one journey.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

 

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