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HGV driver fined £1000 for tachograph offences

A HGV driver has been fined £1,000 for tachograph and drivers’ hours offences after admitting thirteen charges when he appeared at Perth Sheriff Court.

On 11 dates in March and April 2013, he recorded false data on a digital tachograph driver card. He also pleaded guilty to driving over his permitted drivers’ hours on two occasions. Under drivers’ hours law HGV drivers are forbidden from driving more than 90 hours over two consecutive weeks.  On the first occasion, the driver drove more than 148 hours and on the second, more than 106.

The offences were detected when he was stopped on Arran Road, Perth. It was common for two drivers to be working and in this case it appears that the driver was alone and used another driver’s card when he was caught.

Drivers’ hours law and tachograph regulations exist to promote fair competition between transport operators and safety on our roads.

Drivers can not afford to miss their required breaks and operators need to manage their tachograph data and drivers’ hours to avoid expensive fines.

Tachograph analysis Software as a Service such as Smartanalysis is available to manage drivers’ hours compliance for just 25p per driver per working day. You can sign up to the service for free. The £1000 fine would have paid for Smartanalysis for about 20 years.

Source – The Courier

Posted on: 20.02.2015

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