Last reviewed 17 July 2019

Anyone planning to drive trucks or coaches in mainland Europe next month should be aware that the police are planning a major safety initiative, checking particularly on driving and resting hours as well as the technical condition of vehicles.

This initiative is being organised by TISPOL, a body established by the traffic police forces of Europe in order to improve road safety and law enforcement on the roads of the continent.

Forces in all the other 27 EU Member States will take part in Operation Truck & Bus which will run from 22 to 28 July 2019.

Some offences such as not wearing a seatbelt may be dealt with by a warning but TISPOL has warned that action will be taken against those breaking EU rules on driving time and that officers will be checking on the increasing problem of distraction in traffic by the prohibited use of mobile phones.

They will also be watching for speeding, alcohol and drug use, tachograph infringements, excess weight, dangerous loading and document offences.

In previous years, upwards of 30,000 offences have been detected during the seven days of the operation.

“We are committed to safer, more secure roads across Europe,” TISPOL said. “We know that the majority of truck drivers and coach operators take a pride in the quality and safety of their work, and we strive to support them.”

However, the statement went on, there remains a proportion of less scrupulous operators who put profits first and who will cut safety corners in the process. It is against these people that the police will be looking to take action.

TISPOL has also given advance warning that between 12 and 18 August, officers will be carrying out speeding checks across all its member countries.