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Drivers’ hours law and tachographs post Brexit

With the UK leaving the EU at the end of March 2019 now only 5 months away, many operators are asking what this means for drivers’…

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Traffic Commissioners Annual Report 2017-18

The annual report for 2017 to March 31st 2018 provides information on major aspects of the Traffic Commissioners’ judicial, regulatory and administrative roles. As independent regulators…

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Banned for 8 years for pretending to have a Transport Manager

The Office of the Traffic Commissioner revealed that a coach operator who failed to tell them that they didn’t have a Transport manager was banned from…

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Paying the price for ineffective maintenance

A skip operator’s application to increase the fleet from two to six vehicles was refused and the licence revoked for poor maintenance. When the DVSA visited…

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Earned Recognition “the gold standard”

Earned Recognition was launched by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) as business as usual at the CV Show in April. Since then over 50…

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DVSA’s Annual Review and 5-year strategy

The latest Annual Review from the DVSA sets out some of the work the agency will be doing in 2018-19 and reports on highlights from 2017-18.…

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Managing basic vehicle safety checks

A recent study reported in CommercialFleet revealed that almost 20% of fleets surveyed did not carry out walkaround vehicle safety checks. 63% said they did conduct a…

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DVLA guidance for professional drivers

The DVLA leaflets for Large Goods Vehicles (LGV) and Passenger Carrying Vehicles (PCV) drivers provide useful guidance for new drivers and are a good reminder for…

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Action against vocational licences for mobile phone offences

The Office of the Traffic Commissioner has issued a reminder that professional drivers caught using a hand held mobile phone whilst driving could face action against…

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Setting the standard with DVSA’s Earned Recognition

According to a recent article in Commercial Fleet the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) believes the Earned Recognition scheme could set the standard and become…

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How do you know if a new job will cause a drivers’ hours infringement?

A customer asked me recently if there was a tool from Descartes that allows them to pre-empt any potential drivers’ hours issues when they look to…

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Are tachographs coming to vans to manage drivers’ hours?

In an attempt to regulate drivers’ hours of smaller commercial vehicles, proposals from members of the European Parliament’s transport committee would like to see all vans have…

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What do Smartanalysis users think of the DVSA’s Earned Recognition?

Following a twelve-month pilot, the DVSA’s Earned Recognition went live on April 24th. Descartes were part of the pilot as a validated systems provider for KPIs…

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1 in 20 drivers stopped have breached drivers’ hours law

The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) reported that more than 1 in 20 of goods vehicle and bus drivers stopped in the past 12 months…

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Are HGV drivers the worst offenders for not wearing a seatbelt?

According to the results of a recent police operation in Suffolk evidence suggests they are! Police in Suffolk issued over 200 Traffic Offence Reports (TORs) after…

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3 in 4 drivers yet to complete 35 hours CPC

According to research carried out recently by DCPC Training Contractor, Fleet Source, only 24% of drivers have completed the 35 hours CPC training required by 2019…

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On-the-spot fines for historic drivers’ hours offences start on 5th March 2018.

As of Monday 5 March 2018 the DVSA will start issuing on-the-spot fines for historic drivers’ hours offences committed in the previous 28 days. In a single…

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Record number of drivers sent for retraining

In 2017 a record number of over 1.4 million drivers were sent to offender retraining courses by the police. This includes more than one million caught…

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Is it time to close volumetric drivers’ hours loophole?

The Mineral Products Association (MPA) has called for action to regulate volumetric concrete mixers – some of the largest vehicles on the roads. Volumetric concrete mixers…

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Everything you wanted to know about the DVSA’s Earned Recognition Pilot

The DVSA’s Earned Recognition Pilot inviting road transport operators to share maintenance and tachograph data will help the authorities focus their efforts on non-compliant operators. The…

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Compliance concerns will impact your growth plans

Cases on non-compliance can not only affect your business now but can also have a detrimental impact on your future growth plans as a recent case…

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What does it take to be a transport manager?

The position of transport manager is a vital one for all transport operators regardless of size. Transport managers need to have good repute and be professionally…

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Importing Tachograph Fraud

The BBC reported on an increase in tachograph tampering in the UK roads with over 440 HGVs crossing into the UK last year with manipulated tachographs.…

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Driving tired is ‘worse than being on drugs’

According to recent research, driving in state of fatigue has contributed to more road accidents in Great Britain than those impaired by taking drugs. The study…

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Road safety operation results in big fines for drivers’ hour offences

A HGV driver was fined £800 after breaching his drivers’ hours’ offences detected at a road safety operation conducted with North Wales Police in August. A…

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DVSA Annual Review 2016/17

The DVSA published their first Annual Review to promote what it is most proud of from 2016/17 and highlight some of work they will be doing in…

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Take part in Descartes’ Fleet Management Benchmarking Survey 2017

Have your say on the big issues  that impact your fleet operations Fleet management is continuously evolving. With shifting customer demands, new regulatory requirements and more competitive…

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Jailed for using gadget to hide drivers’ hours

Judge James Sampson reinforced the fact that ‘tired drivers kill’ as he jailed a HGV driver for using a gadget that allowed him to exceed legal…

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Tachograph download and ransomware protection

The recent ransomware attacks highlight the potential risk to corporate networks. The simple process of collecting and uploading digital tachograph data create touch points for files…

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DVSA’s 5-year strategy

The DVSA recently published it’s 5-year strategy and business plan to improve road safety, user experience and value for money. The DVSA’s purpose is to help…

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Suspended for drivers’ hours breaches

The owner of a skip hire firm was suspended from driving HGVs for breaching drivers’ hours regulations after driving for more than four-and-a-half hours without a…

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DfT simplifies drivers’ hours and working time advice

The DfT has attempted to improve its guidance on EU drivers’ hours and working time by simplifying the advice. The new and updated guidance is available…

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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…

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One in eight transport operators pose a risk to other road users

A recent BBC News item highlighted that according to the DVSA around 10,000 haulage operators (one in eight) pose a risk to other road users by…

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Operators Compliance Risk Score (OCRS) explained.

The Operators Compliance Risk Score (OCRS) is used by the DVSA to decide which vehicles should be stopped and inspected. OCRS is used to calculate the risk…

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Have your say on revisions to the Driver CPC directive

The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) is a qualification for professional bus, coach and lorry drivers. It was introduced across Europe a number of…

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The cost of running un-roadworthy vehicles

West Midlands Traffic Commissioner Nick Denton, banned a plant and tool hire firm from operating HGVs for 12 months after describing its vehicle maintenance procedures as…

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Miss the delivery or exceed drivers’ hours?

The recent case reported in Commercial Motor of three delivery drivers being prosecuted after they were found guilty of falsifying tachograph records reinforces the need for…

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Drivers’ hours and tachograph offences are still No 1 for HGV Operators

Statistics published by the DVSA (Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency) for FY 2015-16 shows that drivers’ hours and tachograph records offences are still the most common…

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Failure to stop leads to driving licence suspension

The DVSA works to protect road users from unsafe vehicles and drivers. Every day you will probably see DVSA officers and examiners carrying out checks on…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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£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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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£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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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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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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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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Do you know what is expected of your Transport Manager in 2016?

The Senior Traffic Commissioner, Beverley Bell has recently outlined the responsibilities expected of Transport Managers and the hours they should work. The revised Senior Traffic Commissioner’s…

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Why Transport Operators must adopt a “compliance first” approach

With the DVSA having announced its intent to focus on the worst offending transport operators, technology can help operators demonstrate that they are actively managing their compliance. Caroline…

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Do you know the risk profile of your drivers?

While the abolition of the paper counterpart may be causing short term disruption for some, having the ability to automatically and routinely check drivers licence details…

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New measures to stop drivers using their mobile phones will have serious consequences for HGV drivers

Most people should be aware that using a mobile phone or any handheld device while driving is a criminal offence. However, it is surprising how many…

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Happy Birthday Driver CPC!

It’s been a year since the deadline for existing HGV drivers to complete their first block of 35 hours of Driver CPC training. Happy birthday Driver…

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You’re invited!

From container to customer, customer experience and compliance matters – Transforming customer experience and safeguarding compliance whilst increasing profitability – myth or new reality? Descartes SmartCompliance…

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Volumetric vehicle exemption loophole to close?

There is growing support to bring ten vehicle exemptions into the O-licensing scheme. It is estimated that this could affect around 40,000 goods and engineering plant…

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DVSA extends period for VU digital tachograph downloads

The maximum limit for downloading digital tachograph VU data has been extended from 56 to 90 days to bring the UK in line with the rest…

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First corporate manslaughter driving case and new sentencing guidelines to come?

A crane hire company has become the first firm to be charged with corporate manslaughter after a company driver was killed. It is alleged that the…

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A ‘dangerously incompetent’ Transport Manager will damage your business

A South Wales transport operator has had their licence curtailed after employing a “dangerously incompetent” Transport Manager. Traffic Commissioner for Wales, Nick Jones, said the directors…

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Off the rails and off the road

The boss of a Newhouse haulage firm has been given a two-year industry ban after an investigation and public inquiry into drivers’ practices. Scotland’s Traffic Commissioner,…

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82% unaware of corporate manslaughter legislation

Van fleet operators need to be made more aware of corporate manslaughter legislation and how it could apply if the working condition of their vehicles were…

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Are your drivers’ counting the cost of non-compliance?

Two recent cases have highlighted the significant potential cost to drivers for drivers’ hours and tachograph infringements. Driver A – Convicted on two counts of false…

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DVLA licence checking website crashes on day of launch

The DVLA’s new online system to check driving licences following the abolition of the paper counterpart crashed on the day of its launch yesterday. Users of…

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HGV Operator investigated as unlicensed driver is sent to jail

Why operators need a robust process for verifying driving licence details. An investigation has been launched into the road haulage company which allegedly hired an ­unlicensed…

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Compliance vs. Optimising Efficiency

Compliance management practices can transform the customer experience. Techniques for optimising road transport operations have become critical in meeting the increasing demands of customs and reducing…

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Accidents on Motorways involving foreign HGVs up 14%

Collisions on motorways involving foreign HGVs have increased 14% since 2012 according to statistics from Accident Exchange. The M25 had more foreign HGV accidents than any…

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New DVSA Guide to Load Security

Load security should be of primary concern for all commercial road transport operators. Effective load securing prevents goods from falling onto roads and ensures that the…

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Free Guide to GB Domestic Drivers’ Hours Rules

Download our free guide to GB Domestic drivers’ hours. If you want help in managing your compliance with drivers’ hours (EU or GB) see Smartanalysis, the…

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Undercover police HGV film HGV driver offences

North Yorkshire Police officers driving an un-liveried HGV drove alongside HGVs and found that almost ten per cent of the HGV drivers observed were committing offences.…

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Simplified guidance on EU rules on drivers’ hours and working time

Simplified but far from simple. The Department for Transport have published a new 23 page guide to simplify the EU drivers’ hours and working time rules.…

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Have your say on EU Tachograph regulations

On 4 February 2014 the European Commission published EU Regulation 165/2014 (the new Regulation) on tachographs in road transport. The Regulation can be found here.   This new…

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Free EU Drivers’ Hours Law Guide

Download our free guide to EU Drivers’ Hours Law. If you want help in managing your compliance with drivers’ hours see Smartanalysis, the leading tachograph analysis…

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HGV drivers offences

What are the most common offences for HGV drivers? How might they be avoided? See below HGV drivers offences from 2013 vs 2014 in numbers. Download…

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Ramping up drivers’ hours enforcement in EU

EU laws regarding tachographs and drivers’ hours are ineffective if there is inadequate enforcement of them. In the UK the DVSA and Police are responsible for…

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Abolition of the photocard licence counterpart

What does this mean for employers of professional drivers? The Department for Transport is making an important change to driving licences that will impact HGV and…

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Do we need more Police Officers dedicated to Traffic enforcement?

According to the RAC the number of Police Officers dedicated to enforcing traffic offences in England and Wales has been cut by 1,279 (23%) in the…

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Over 50% of HGV drivers on M5/M6 exceeded drivers’ hours in 12 months

In a year-long operation on the M5 between and J4 and the M6 between J6 for Spaghetti Junction and J14 more than 200 HGV drivers were…

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Guide to GB domestic drivers’ hours rules

If you are not familiar with GB domestic drivers’ hours rules or just need a refresher this guide will give you the basic information you need.…

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HGV safety this winter

Every winter, hundreds accidents involving Heavy Good Vehicles were due to snow and ice. Statistics, from the Department for Transport, show the risks of adverse weather…

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Ramping up enforcement of drivers’ hours and tachograph regulations in the EU

Thirteen HGV drivers were found guilty of tachograph fraud during a large Police Operation that took place in November in Aalter in Belgium.    In total fifty…

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The dangers of untreated Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Syndrome (OSAS)

According to research published earlier in 2014 Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) affects 5% of the population, but is often undiagnosed. Obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (OSAS) is…

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What does the latest Fleet Compliance Checks report tell us?

The latest Fleet Compliance Checks report (2013 to 2014) was published at the end of October. The Department for Transport commissions this report. It is produced…

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Remote Enforcement – freeing up time to focus on the serious and serially non-compliant?

The DVSA’s Remote Enforcement trial based in the Western Traffic Area is now coming to an end. Remote Enforcement frees up resource to focus on serious…

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