Lorry driver on M56 live lane to take a break

A lorry driver who stopped in a M56 to take a tachograph break today was issued with a fine by police after they spotted the immobile vehicle in a live lane. The driver stopped on the motorway on an open access slip road in the early hours of Wednesday morning (March 30). In a tweet, North West Motorway Police said: “Our ME58 came across this HGV on access slip road of M56 stopped in live lane to take a tacho break – ticket issued.”

A ‘tacho break’ is an enforced rest that HGV drivers must take, recorded by the vehicle’s tachograph. After 4.5 hours of driving, HGV drivers are legally mandated to take a break of at least 45 minutes. READ:Where to buy the cheapest petrol in Cheshire as prices rise despite fuel duty cut

A driver choosing to stop on Cheshire’s motorways is not an unprecedented occurrence. Earlier this month, a driver “needlessly” put his life at risk by stopping his car on the M6 to adjust his wing mirror, and in February, a driver stopped on tiger-tails on the M56 in order to check their phone for directions.

The car was spotted stopped on the motorway’s tiger tails

In May 2021, a woman stopped on lane one of the M6 near Middlewich ‘to do her make-up’, and later tested positive for cocaine. She was also found to have been driving with a provisional licence and no insurance.

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