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, welcomed the involvement of 29 countries in its latest exercise.

October’s Europe-wide TISPOL Control Week focused on "Trucks and Buses" and reports from those forces taking part indicate problems with 10% of the latter.

Almost 114,000 buses were checked and offences, either concerning the driver or the vehicle, were detected in 11,000. Most worryingly, in 41 cases the onward journey of the bus or coach had to be prohibited until the safe condition of the vehicles had been restored.

Most of the offences were found in the areas of technical offences and vehicle documents law for buses as well as in the areas of speed, legislation on driving and rest times and tachograph settings.

The drivers of 697 buses or coaches offended against Europe-wide social regulations, meaning they drove their vehicle for longer than legally allowed without complying with the mandatory breaks.

In 2594 buses, serious technical defects were found with other offences concerning missing documents (31.3%), the use of seat belts (8.3%) and excessive speed (13.9%).

Almost 700 bus or coach drivers were found to have exceeded the legally permitted driving times.

Although no specific figures were given, many of the participating police forces highlighted the “constantly increasing problem” of distraction at the wheel, for example by the use of mobile phones or other electronic devices.

Last reviewed 10 December 2019