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Banned, licence revoked and fined for drivers’ hours and tachograph offences

A haulier and transport manager that demonstrated “poor in the extreme” knowledge of drivers’ hours and tachograph compliance will lose his operating licence from 3 February 2017. He was also banned from acting as a Transport Manager for six months by West Midlands Traffic Commissioner (TC) Nick Denton and fined £5,390 for seven offences of driving for more than four and a half hours without a break.

Despite securing a contract with a parcels company early in 2015 The TC said that no arrangements had been made to download the tachograph data until September 2016. The operator only got a Company tachograph card very recently. It was also revealed that a vehicle was operated for 10 months in 2012-13 without  equipment to download digital driver cards or vehicle unit tachograph data.

Mr Denton said: “knowledge of tachograph rules and of the procedures for ensuring compliance is poor in the extreme and not what I would expect from a reputable transport manager.”

See Descartes SmartCompliance if you need help in downloading tachograph data and managing compliance with drivers’ hours. Solutions are available from 25p per driver per day!

Source Commercial Motor

Posted on: 16.01.2017

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