Bulgarian driver calls police so he can rest

| 11/2/2007

A Bulgarian truck driver stopped by police in Great Britain this week was found to have been driving for 36 hours, with just two short breaks.

But here’s the real kicker – he called the police on himself.

Welsh newspaper The Daily Post reports that this scenario is a growing problem in Great Britain, because the European Union recently abolished rules requiring permits for cross-border runs.

The drivers, fearing they’ll be fired if they stop voluntarily, will motor through the Chunnel from France into Great Britain, then call the authorities and ask to be locked up.

The drivers are arrested and charged with logbook violations. The arrest often comes with a proper bed and a hot breakfast in the morning, before going to court.