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Suspended custodial sentence for tachograph cheat

On Monday 17th December 2012, Richard Samuel Dewart, 44, owner of Dewart Transport, Waringstown, Northern Ireland was convicted of forgery and sentenced to 18 months imprisonment,…

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EU changes to the driving licence effective from 19 January 2013

The European Union Third Directive on driving licences comes into effect on Saturday 19 January 2013. All new driving licences from this date will have to…

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HGV Road User Levy Bill passes second reading

Secretary of State for Transport, Mr Patrick McLoughlin, introduced the second reading of the HGV Road User Levy Bill in the House of Commons on Tuesday…

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Descartes joins forces with Exentra

On November 14th, 2012, Descartes Systems Group (TSX:DSG) (Nasdaq:DSGX), the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, acquired Exentra Transport Solutions Limited. Exentra are a…

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Progress in Europe on the Smart Tachograph

Euro Ministers reached agreement on 29 October for new regulations on the tachograph used in road transport across the EU. The objective of the new draft legislation is to…

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£50,000 fine for drivers’ hours offences

Following a VOSA led investigation, Liskeard company Darley Ford Transport (HGV) and Darley Ford Travel (PSV) were fined a total of £50,000 for drivers’ hour’s offences.…

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Haulage Bill details revealed – charges for HGVs to use UK roads

Under Secretary of State for Transport, Stephen Hammond, issued details of the HGV Road User Levy Bill for debate in the House of Commons today. The…

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Changes to Digital Tachographs from 1 October 2012

The EU Commission introduced a number of changes to digital tachographs. These design changes are being implemented in two phases known as second generation and third…

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Prison for driver after pleading guilty to 79 drivers’ hours offences

The RHA’s recent call for tougher sentences for drivers that deliberately falsify their tachograph records provoked plenty of comment. The United Road Transport Union were quick…

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RHA and URTU agreement on tougher sentences for breaches of drivers’ hours law

The Road Haulage Association has amended its position on mandatory prison sentences for drivers defying drivers’ hours laws after the United Road Transport Union commented on…

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Police start seven day speed enforcement operation from today.

A week-long speed enforcement operation, co-ordinated by The European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL) with the support of 27 countries across Europe started on Mon 20 August 2012.…

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Changes to OCRS to go live 1 October 2012

The planned changes to the Operator Compliance Risk Score (OCRS) system by VOSA will now come into force on 1 October 2012. The original launch date…

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Operator’s Licensing introduced in Northern Ireland

From 1 July 2012, all vehicles in Northern Ireland with a gross weight over 3500kg that are used to transport goods as part of a business…

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Faulty driver cards finally resolved – Enforcement activities to commence 1st July

DVLA have now resolved the issue of faulty driver and company cards that was first reported at the end of March when cards started failing without…

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Exentra launch Smartdebrief – Comprehensive driver debriefing tool within Smartanalysis to manage infringements down

Driver infringements and failure to manage drivers effectively can be expensive for any road transport operator and could put their Operators Licence in jeopardy. The authorities…

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Exentra launch Smartdownload – Automatic, Remote Download of Digital Tachograph Data

Many operators are evaluating automatic, remote download of digital tachograph data and report savings of 30 minutes per vehicle per week in downloading data alone. Automatic,…

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DVLA Advice: “ERROR CODE 48” “CARD ERROR” “CARD NOT VALID” “CARD EXPIRED”

Since 25 March 2012 a number of transport operators have experienced a problem with their digital driver cards giving the following error message. “ERROR CODE 48”…

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Exentra partner with TachoByte to provide vehicle location and status data with Smartanalysis

Exentra Transport Solutions Limited is pleased to announce a partnership agreement with TachoByte.  Under the agreement Exentra have exclusive rights to sell and support the TachoByte…

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