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HGV Operators Licence revoked by TC

A livestock haulier in Meiford will have their HGV operator’s licence revoked from May 1 2017 following a public inquiry where the Traffic Commissioner for Wales Nick Jones found that they did not have the necessary skills or the time to operate in a compliant manner.

The Traffic Commissioner heard evidence from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) about the vehicles run with the livestock business. Safety inspections which should have been e carried out every 6 weeks were not done on time. Some were only undertaken after 21 weeks and one had a gap of 12 months between inspections. There were no records of daily defect checks by drivers and no system for recording any defects. The operator was unaware of the procedures for downloading digital tachograph data from the digital driver card and tachograph vehicle unit (VU). Driver card data should be downloaded at least every 28 days and VU data every 90 days or sooner. Driver records were not available to show compliance with drivers’ hours and the requirement to download and analyse tachograph data.

If an operator doesn’t have the tachograph data compliance with drivers’ hours can not be managed. Thankfully, Smartanalysis tachograph anaysis Software as a Service benefits from SmartAlerts, automated email alerts to warn busy transport managers of missing driver card downloads.

Source: Commercial Fleet

Posted on: 23.03.2017

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