One in eight transport operators pose a risk to other road users
Posted by AndrewT on 17th Mar 2017
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 failing to ensure adequate maintenance and safety, or to … Read more
Operators Compliance Risk Score (OCRS) explained
Posted by AndrewT on 16th Feb 2017
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 of an operator not following the rules on ro … Read more
The cost of running un-roadworthy vehicles
Posted by AndrewT on 9th Feb 2017
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 one of the worst he had seen. … Read more
Miss the delivery or exceed drivers’ hours?
Posted by AndrewT on 25th Jan 2017
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 delivery operations to be … Read more
Drivers’ hours and tachograph offences are still No 1 for HGV Operators
Posted by AndrewT on 18th Jan 2017
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 offences for HGV Operators a … Read more
Failure to stop leads to driving licence suspension
Posted by AndrewT on 16th Jan 2017
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 vehicles and drivers at the roadside. DVSA of … Read more
Is it time to extend the use of Digital Tachographs?
Posted by AndrewT on 11th Nov 2016
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 all commercial vehicles? Digital tac … Read more
Disqualified for three years
Posted by AndrewT on 24th Oct 2016
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 licence for three years. An … Read more
Is technology the enabler for “Earned Recognition”?
Posted by fionastewart on 14th Sep 2016
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 … Read more
£1,000 fine for 20 tachograph & drivers' hours offences
Posted by fionastewart on 22nd Aug 2016
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 to driver’ hours and use of the tachograph. … Read more
Road transport operator infringement classifications
Posted by fionastewart on 11th Jul 2016
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 and least serious offences a … Read more
12 months ago we said goodbye to the paper counterpart … what does this mean for employers?
Posted by fionastewart on 15th Jun 2016
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 that is required to drive on behalf of the bu … Read more
No excuses for drivers’ hours offences
Posted by fionastewart on 21st Apr 2016
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 consequences. The TC said there is … Read more
Get your SmartAlerts on a new Smartwatch for free!
Posted by fionastewart on 1st Apr 2016
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 … Read more
Is enforcement of driver’s hours working?
Posted by fionastewart on 23rd Mar 2016
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 question and answer se … Read more