According to transport news website, a ban on weekly rest periods being spent in the cab came into force on 21st February. The fine for people found to be spending their 45-hour weekly rest in the vehicle is a huge 2000 euros – one of the highest fines in Europe for this offence.

Drivers must be able to prove that they have spent their 45-hour rest periods outside of the cab.

As points out, Spain is by no means the only country to be penalising this violation. In Belgium the fine is 1800 euros, in France it can be as high as 30,000 euros (although the average fine given is 2300), and in Germany both the driver and the company are punished with fines of 500 and 1500 euros respectively.

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