Top 5 Tips For Tachograph Management
16th Aug 2022
Tachograph and compliance management can be a minefield for transport businesses, and with good reason. There are regulations around driving time, rest periods and working days as well as vehicle … Read more
How difficult is it to analyse your tachograph data?
18th Jul 2022
Who can use SmartAnalysis? We’ve had a few enquiries from people who are wondering if they can analyse their own tachograph data using SmartAnalysis. Their assumption was that they needed an externa … Read more
Confused about drivers' hours compliance?
Posted by AndrewT on 20th May 2022
What are drivers' hours rules and regulations? What is the difference between EU drivers' hours (which apply in the UK) and GB domestic drivers' hours? You can get the full picture in our easy to und … Read more
What else does Descartes do?
Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on 18th May 2022
One stop to smarter compliance In this age where technology has taken over, where we have a list of passwords the length of a HGV and the list of platforms we use on a daily basis continues t … Read more
How do you know if a new job will cause a drivers’ hours infringement?
Posted by AndrewT on 25th Apr 2022
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 take on a new job. It appears they may have turned wo … Read more
Fleet operators call for changes to Driver CPC
Posted by AndrewT on 11th Mar 2022
According to recent research 95% of commercial road transport operators want changes to the way that the Driver Certificates of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) is delivered. Operators are lookin … Read more
How many hours should a Transport Manager work?
Posted by AndrewT on 8th Mar 2022
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 able to manage the transport operation effectively in the … Read more
New to digital tachographs? - Who is responsible for what?
Posted by AndrewT on 8th Mar 2022
What are the driver's and operators basic responsibilities? Some transport operators use vehicles fitted with digital tachographs, but have no idea on how to use them. This can lead to expensive fines … Read more
Are HGV roadside safety inspections becoming a rarity?
Posted by AndrewT on 21st Jan 2022
According to the union Unite driver vehicle safety checks are “vanishingly rare” on UK roads. A freedom of information request showed there were 114,653 on-the-spot inspections in 2020/21 to check ro … Read more
Falling asleep at the wheel
Posted by AndrewT on 26th Nov 2021
Shocking footage of a driver falling asleep at the wheel of a HGV travelling on the M5 in November was recently posted on YouTube. Driver fatigue is a common factor in incidents involving HGV's and w … Read more
All hand-held phone use to be illegal in 2022
Posted by AndrewT on 19th Nov 2021
The Government is closing loopholes in the use of mobile phones making it illegal to use a hand-held device under virtually any circumstance while driving. It is already illegal to text or make a pho … Read more
Factors to consider when choosing your compliance management software supplier
Posted by AndrewT on 25th Oct 2021
Today tachograph analysis software has become a commodity available from a number of suppliers. With little real product differentiation between suppliers and competitive pricing from all how do you c … Read more
Relaxation of enforcement of drivers’ hours extended again
Posted by AndrewT on 12th Oct 2021
The temporary relaxation of the enforcement of HGV drivers’ hours has been extended further as driver shortages continue to impact all sectors. The Department for Transport has extended the relaxat … Read more
Tachographs and Telematics
Posted by AndrewT on 20th May 2021
The latest tachographs and telematics report from Commercial Motor and Motor Transport highlights the rate at which smart tachographs are being adopted and gives an insight into operator attitudes. Sm … Read more
Revised guidance on defect categories
Posted by AndrewT on 26th Mar 2021
The DVSA have updated their guidance on how defects in roadside checks are categorised. The amended rules came into effect from 1 February 2021. So, if you are not sure of the changes now is the time … Read more
97% of UK hauliers are not ready for 1 January 2021
Posted by AndrewT on 22nd Dec 2020
A recent survey conducted early December with 6,000 hauliers revealed just 3% are totally prepared for new UK-EU trading arrangements. 84% require more clarity on border legislation changes and two th … Read more
Is your HGV ready to cross the border?
Posted by AndrewT on 23rd Oct 2020
From 1 January 2021 Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV) over 7.5 tonnes travelling from Great Britain to the EU must obtain an electronic Kent Access Permit before taking goods to the Port of Dover or Eurotunn … Read more
Is this the worst case of breaching drivers’ hours rules?
Posted by AndrewT on 16th Oct 2020
A Glasgow operator has been disqualified and had his licence revoked after a traffic commissioner heard about “the worst case of breaching the drivers’ hours rules” he’d ever seen. Scotland’s deputy … Read more