£300 fine for lorry drivers sleeping in lay-bys

The Government is introducing £300 spot fines for lorry drivers who sleep in their cabs for two night in a row.

Under EU rules, drivers must take a weekly break that averages 45 hours.

Countries like France and Belgium issue huge fines to drivers or their companies if they are caught sleeping in cabs.

But similar penalties are not used in the UK, and I've heard some drivers cross the channel to sleep in lay-bys or even camp in Kent.