Andrew Jones, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Transport, has confirmed the number of bus and coach drivers who have been fined for failing to carry a Driver Qualification Card (DQC) in 2013-14 and 2014-15.
Replying to a question from Shadow Transport Minister Daniel Zeichner, Andrew said: “DVSA requires drivers of PSVs to produce a DQC. If a driver fails to produce their DQC they will generally be issued with a fixed penalty of £50, which must be paid within 28 days.
“The driver can, however, choose not to pay the penalty and take the matter to the Magistrate’s court. Also, if a driver fails to pay the fixed penalty within the 28 days they will be summons to appear before the Magistrates.
“For the period of April 1, 2013 –March 31, 2014, 99 offences for Driver CPC were recorded at the roadside. Of those, 68 resulted in a fixed penalty being issued, totalling £3,300 in fines.
“For the period of April 1, 2014 –March 31, 2015, 166 offences for Driver CPC were recorded. Of those, 119 resulted in a fixed penalty being issued, totalling £5,950 in fines.”