Norway increases on-the-spot fines for breaching drivers hours' regulations

The Norwegian  Public Roads Administration has been given more power to issue on-the-spot fines to lorry drivers from September 1st. The maximum penalty a driver can receive on the spot is 4000 Norwegian krone (approx 390 euros).

Norway increases on-the-spot fines for breaching drivers hours' regulations
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As a result of the changes, Norwegian authorities have been given more power to administer on-the-spot fines to drivers in order to reduce the bureaucracy in the previous penalty system. Until now, officers have had to report drivers to the local judiciary, which was thought to be a time-and money-consuming course of action.

The changes were published in the «Regulations on fees for certain violations of road traffic legislation» and enter into force on 1 September, 2021.

Breaching driving times

The company and the driver can now be fined as follows:

exceeding the daily driving time of 9 hours
(when it is not allowed to extend the driving time to 10 hours) for driving from and including 10 hours to 11 hours
Driver: NOK 1,000 Company:
NOK 2.000
exceeding the daily driving time of 10 hours
(when it is permitted to extend the driving time to 10 hours) for driving from and including 11 hours to 12 hours
Driver: NOK 1,000 Company:
NOK 2.000
exceeding the weekly driving time of more than 56 hours, for driving from and including 60 hours to 65 hours Driver: NOK 2,000 Company:
NOK 4.000
exceeding the total driving time during two consecutive weeks of more than 90 hours, for driving from 100 hours to 105 hours. Driver: NOK 2,000 Company:
NOK 4.000
The company and the driver may be fined for exceeding the uninterrupted driving time of 4.5 hours, for driving from and including 5 hours to 6 hours. Driver: NOK 1,000 Company: NOK 2,000

Breaching rest times

The company and the driver can now be fined for the following violations:

a. in case of insufficient daily rest of less than 11 hours, if reduced daily rest is not allowed, from 8.5 hours to 10 hours Driver: NOK 1,000 Company: NOK 2,000
b. in case of insufficient daily rest of less than 9 hours, if reduced daily rest is allowed, from 7 hours to 8 hours Driver: NOK 1,000 Company: NOK 2,000
c. in case of insufficiently divided daily rest of less than 3 + 9 hours, for divided daily rest of 3 hours + from and including 7 hours to 8 hours Driver: NOK 1,000 Company: NOK 2,000
d. in case of insufficient daily rest of less than 9 hours for multi-person operation, from 7 hours to 8 hours Driver: NOK 1,000 Company: NOK 2,000
e. in case of insufficiently reduced weekly rest of less than 24 hours, from 20 hours to 22 hours Driver: NOK 2,000 Company: NOK 4,000
f. in case of insufficient normal weekly rest of less than 45 hours, if a reduced weekly rest is not allowed, from 36 hours to 42 hours Driver: NOK 2,000 Company: NOK 4,000
g. in case of exceeding 6 consecutive 24-hour periods, after the end of the previous weekly rest (144 hours), from and including 147 hours to 156 hours. Driver: NOK 2,000 Company: NOK 4,000

 Incorrect use of chart disk or driver card for multi-staffing

The company and the driver may be charged a violation fee where the correct chart disc has not been used, or the driver card has not been put in place correctly for multi-staffing. Driver: NOK 1,000 Company: NOK 2,000

Maximum limit of fees

One infringement fee can be imposed per infringement.

The total fee for a control period for driving and rest time may not exceed NOK 20,000 (approx 1946 euros) for the driver. For companies, the fee may not exceed NOK 40,000 (approx 3893 euros) per driver.

If the driver and company are the same person

If the company and the driver are the same person, an infringement fee is imposed only on the driver.

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