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HGV driver fined £900 for drivers’ hours offences

A HGV driver was given on-the-spot fines totalling £900 after he tried to falsify his drivers’ hours record. The driver was stopped on 13 December during…

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Custodial sentences for operating illegal tachograph centre

A father and son were handed custodial sentences for operating an illegal tachograph centre at Craigavon Court 20 November 2013. The sentences of two years six…

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DSA and VOSA replaced by Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency was launched today. The new agency will replace the existing Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency…

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Address to be removed from Digital Driver Card

From December 2013 new Digital Driver Cards (Tachograph) issued by DVLA will no longer display an address. DVLA is simplifying the process for commercial drivers changing the…

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Driver CPC exemptions take effect

Regulations which came into effect Wednesday 13 November clarify the Driver CPC exemptions. The new rules affect people who occasionally drive HGVs, buses or coaches as…

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Driver CPC – New 13/11/13 exemption regulations clarified

New regulations that will come into force on 13 November 2013 concerning changes to Driver CPC exceptions were put before Parliament on 21 October 2013. These…

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Descartes Launches Advanced Home Delivery Solution to UK Retailers

Descartes Systems Group launched its advanced home delivery solutions to UK retailers at the Omni-Channel Retailing / Home Delivery Summit on 15 October. The solution is now being…

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Cash-in-transit Company fined £600 for tachograph offences

Following an investigation by DVA Enforcement Officers into the operation of 19 vehicles owned by Brinks Ireland Ltd, the company was fined £600 on 15 October…

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Waste disposal firm penalised for drivers’ hours offences

Scotland’s Traffic Commissioner, Joan Aitkin ruled on 3 October that Dow Waste Management will be prevented from expanding for 12 months. The company’s operations are to…

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John Lewis Executive to Keynote Descartes Omni-Channel Retail & Home Delivery Summit

Descartes Systems Group the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, announced that Dino Rocos, John Lewis Partnership’s Operations Director, is scheduled to be the keynote…

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Haulier fined after driver was found with an invalid driving licence

Haulage firm LMK International Transport was fined £400 and ordered to pay costs in Belfast Magistrates’ Court following the discovery that one of its HGVs was…

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Fixed penalties increased from 16 August

Department for Transport announced that fixed penalty levels will increase from 16 August 2013. Graduated fixed penalties and financial deposits for vans, trucks and buses are…

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U-turn on Driver CPC exemptions?

The Driving Standards Agency has announced that individuals such as mechanics, driving heavy vehicles for short distances for delivery or repair, will be made exempt from…

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Lifetime ban for haulier after tampering with tachograph for a second time

Traffic Commissioner Joan Aitken informed George Davidson that he would be disqualified from driving HGVs and could not re-apply for his professional licence until his 75th…

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Fined over £40,000 for drivers’ hours offences

Following a VOSA investigation, Ian John Trussler, a partner and transport manager; and Kenneth Trussler, a partner of Goldline Taxis and Coaches both received suspended prison…

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DSA and VOSA to merge

Roads Safety Minister Stephen Hammond announced today that the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and Driving Standards Agency (DSA), are to merge into a single…

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Fees to be increased for graduated fixed penalties

The Department for Transport have announced that fixed penalty levels will increase from July 2013. The increases affects most motoring fixed penalties offences, graduated fixed penalties…

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£300,000 fine and £150,000 in costs for falsifying driver records

Former Director of Alba Transport of Halifax, Danny Steven Sawrij, was fined £300,000 and ordered to pay £150,000 in costs for falsifying driver records at Kirklees…

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HGV driver jailed for tampering with tachograph

A Belgian HGV driver was jailed on Tues 28 May for attempting to hide the fact that he had not taken the required rest period before…

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Smart tachograph specification informally agreed

Improving road safety and ensuring fair competition in road transport in the EU. The Specification for a new generation of digital tachograph for trucks and buses…

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North Wales Police use of HGV is a real eye opener

North Wales Police’ Commercial Vehicle Unit worked in partnership with VOSA and Roads Policing Officers to target HGV drivers flouting the law.  Using a HGV enabled…

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Fines of up to €7,500 imposed on Irish operators breaking drivers’ hours rules

The authorities in Ireland continue to focus on enforcement of drivers’ hours rules with road transport operators. Up to 20th April more than 30 transport companies…

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Temporary relaxation of drivers’ hours for LPG deliveries

Due to a shortage of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) the Department for Transport (DfT) has temporarily relaxed drivers’ hours and working time rules.  The relaxation only…

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Optimised Route Planning, Mobile Tracking & Compliance Management – £1 per driver per day.

Route. Track. Comply. Descartes, world leaders in uniting the people and technology that move the world have launched On Demand Route Planning, Mobile Tracking and Compliance…

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£1,500 fine for tachograph and drivers’ hours offences

A haulage company was fined a total of £1,500 and ordered to pay court courts at North Antrim  Magistrates’ Court on Fri 1st March. Patrick Bradley…

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Route, Track, Comply – Descartes at the Commercial Vehicle Show, NEC Birmingham, 9 to 11 April 2013

Integrated route planning, mobile tracking and compliance management available in the cloud, visit Descartes, stand 3H81 at the CV Show. Descartes acquired Exentra Transport Solutions in…

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The HGV Road User Levy Act becomes law

On 28 February 2013 the HGV Road User Levy Act became law. The Department for Transport says that this will pave the way for a fairer…

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Breathalyser fines delayed indefinitely in France

The French Minister of Interior has announced an indefinite delay on the fines for motorists that do not carry a breathalyser kit with them in their vehicle.…

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£2,500 fine for failing to produce drivers’ hours and tachograph records

A Co Armagh haulage company was fined £2,500 at Dungannon Magistrates’ Court on Monday 11 February 2013 for failing to produce tachograph and drivers’ hours  records…

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Temporary relaxation of drivers’ hours

The Department for Transport has relaxed drivers’ hours and working time rules for drivers delivering heating fuel. This is due to the current adverse weather conditions…

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Convictions for drivers’ hours and tachograph offences fall

According to the latest figures from VOSA the number of convictions for drivers’ hours and tachograph offences has almost halved since 2009. However, breaches of drivers’…

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Tighter rules on driving licence exchange for foreign drivers introduced 11 January 2013

Under new rules introduced on 11 January 2013, foreign drivers must now prove they have passed an appropriate driving test before getting a British licence. Previously…

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6 months in jail for tachograph fraud & abuse of drivers’ hours.

On Friday 4 January 2013 Mr G. Davidson from Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire was jailed for six months at Carlisle Crown Court for tachograph fraud. The defendant was first…

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