How to renew your SmartAnalysis subscription with SmartCompliance
13th Feb 2023
Your subscription is up for renewal and to save time and money you’ve decided to renew your SmartAnalysis pre-pay subscription online, fantastic! Here are the quick and simple steps to take whe … Read more
What happens if you commit tachograph fraud?
9th Nov 2022
What is tachograph fraud? Tachograph fraud is usually when a driver/ haulier has falsified records in order to illegally drive their HGV for longer periods than drivers’ hours ruling permi … Read more
DVSA operation targeting high risk vehicles found 1 in 10 had the most dangerous mechanical issues
27th Oct 2022
The Investigation A GB-wide investigation carried out by the DVSA showed serious faults uncovered on HGVs and light commercial vehicles included problems with steering, suspension, wheels, tyre … Read more
Could vans require tachographs in the not so distant future?
30th Aug 2022
Under DVSA rules, all commercial vehicles over 3.5 tonnes used in the course of business must record their movements using a tachograph. Tachographs record information about driving time, speed and … Read more
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
Top Gear Highlighting the Responsibilities of HGV Drivers
18th Jul 2022
In the latest instalment of Top Gear on BBC One we were treated to an episode of HGV heaven. Seeing the trio Chris, Freddie and Paddy get to grips with some of the finest machinery our industry has to … Read more
Top 3 Ways Transport Managers can prevent HGV Accidents
18th Jul 2022
Taking Frequent Rests No, I don’t mean you as the transport manager but your drivers, yes! Analysing your drivers’ tachograph data and ensuring that they’re taking the rest time required to not only … 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
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
SmartCompliance Tips & Tricks - Resetting your password
Posted by AndrewT on 12th May 2021
Welcome to our first post of SmartCompliance Tips and Tricks. We will be sharing some useful tips on using SmartCompliance which will save you time and help you get the most out of the features availa … Read more
HGV Levy to be suspended to help with COVID-19
Posted by AndrewT on 9th Jul 2020
The Government will suspend the HGV Levy for 12 months from August 1. The 12 month suspension is to help reduce financial liabilities for UK and foreign hauliers struggling to cope with impact of Cov … Read more
Maintain a compliant and safe road transport operation with COVID-19 restrictions
Posted by AndrewT on 17th Apr 2020
As a road transport operator, the current situation with COVID-19 and restrictions with social distancing present significant challenges. Some operators will be experiencing a slowdown in business whi … Read more
Everything you wanted to know about the DVSA's Earned Recognition Pilot
Posted by AndrewT on 29th Nov 2017
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 DVSA presen … Read more
£3000 fine for tachograph offences - £500 per drivers’ hours offence!
Posted by fionastewart on 22nd Feb 2016
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 out by the Driver &am … Read more