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Introduction of the Smart Tachograph in the EU

Progress is being made on the introduction of the Smart Tachograph in the EU. The Regulation (EU) N°165/2014 adopted in February 2014 by the European Parliament…

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£1,000 fine for 20 tachograph & drivers’ hours offences

A licensed heavy goods vehicle operator was fined a total of £1,000 at Armagh Magistrates’ Court last week after being found guilty of 20 offences relating…

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Is technology the enabler for “Earned Recognition”?

The DVSA has announced its plans to launch its earned recognition scheme in early 2017, rewarding operators with fewer compliance checks in return for access to their compliance data, which will help…

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Descartes sponsors Extra Mile category of BIFA Freight Service Awards

Just one week left to register for the BIFA Freight Service Awards 2016. Descartes is sponsoring the Extra Mile category of the BIFA Freight Service Awards, an…

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Perspectives from leading retailers on home delivery success

New ebook: 2016 Home Delivery Benchmark Study Home delivery continues to challenge retailers as they seek to meet the expectations of customers, manage costs and exploit opportunities…

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Tachograph and drivers’ hours offences are still No1

Tachograph and drivers’ hours offences remain the two most common offences reported by the DVSA and over 85% of the offences reported by DVSA result in…

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Disqualified for three years

The director of a food wholesaling business that committed a number of drivers’ hours, overloading and Driver CPC offences has been disqualified from holding an Operator’s…

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DfT publishes evaluation of increased HGV speed limits

The Department for Transport has published its first-year evaluation of a three-year study following the HGV speed limit increase in April 2015 to 50 mph on…

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Is it time to extend the use of Digital Tachographs?

Following the recent news reported in the BBC concerning delivery drivers working excessive hours is it time to extend the use of digital tachograph technology to…

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25% of motorists admit to driving while tired

According to resent research conducted to coincide with Road Safety Week almost one in four drivers admit to driving while tired with men more prone to…

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No excuse for concealing excessive driving hours

The Traffic Commissioners Office has called on operators and transport managers to be extra vigilant over drivers using more than one card to hide excessive drivers’…

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Get your tickets now for the BIFA Awards

Tickets for the 28th annual British International Freight Association (BIFA) Freight Service Awards ceremony luncheon to be held at The Brewery, London on Thursday 19th January…

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Gwent Police targeting HGV driving offences

Operations by Gwent Police to crackdown on offending HGV drivers resulted in four vehicles being sized over four days. The Gwent force were seeking to reduce…

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Driving Licence checks increase 30% over the last 12 months

According to Freedom of Information figures seen by the Association for Driving Licence Verification (ADLV), driving licence checks carried out by fleets have risen by 30.4% over…

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How many hours should a Transport Manager work?

It all depends on the size of the fleet! The role of Transport manager is extremely important to any road transport operator and they must be…

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TISPOL warns of evolving Technology for tachograph fraud

According to TISPOL, The European Traffic Police Network, manipulation of digital tachograph systems is now becoming so sophisticated that it takes technical experts to uncover it. …

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£3000 fine for tachograph offences – £500 per drivers’ hours offence!

A Co Armagh heavy goods vehicle operator and his driver were both fined £1,500 at Armagh Magistrates’ Court today for tachograph irregularities following an investigation carried…

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Would your drivers tell you about receiving points on their driving licence?

According to research conducted on behalf of RAC Insurance the answer is probably no as almost 9 out of 10 motorists would not tell their employer if…

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Is enforcement of driver’s hours working?

Figures reported in February this year reveal that prosecutions for drivers’ hours and tachograph offences fell by almost 30% in 2015. Figures disclosed in recent parliamentary…

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Get your SmartAlerts on a new Smartwatch for free!

Descartes will be demonstrating the new SmartAlerts enhancement to Smartanalysis, the industry leading tachograph analysis software and SmartLicence, online driving licence verification, on Stand 4H20 at the…

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DVSA continue to focus on non-compliant operators

The DVSA has recently published its plan for 2016. The agency wants to continue discussions on how to improve the service it provides to meet the…

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No excuses for drivers’ hours offences

The Traffic commissioner for London and the South East, Nick Denton has called on road transport operators to manage their digital tachograph downloads or face the…

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Be ready for Earned Recognition

The authorities want to focus on the seriously and serially non-compliant operators, however they have to do that within their resourcing limits. Following a trial in…

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12 months ago we said goodbye to the paper counterpart … what does this mean for employers?

The paper driving licence counterpart was abolished in June 2015 as part of a Government initiative to cut red tape. All employers must ensure that anyone…

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Road transport operator infringement classifications

Road transport operators of all sizes need to comply with complex rules and regulations. However, infringements can happen. What do the authorities consider to be the most…

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Transport managers need to be prepared for Earned Recognition

According to figures reported in Transport Engineer over 1 in 4 road transport professionals do not have the necessary systems or technology in place to be…

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