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Temporary relaxation of enforcement of drivers’ hours extended.

The temporary relaxation of the enforcement of the retained EU drivers’ hours rules for all road haulage sectors in Great Britain has been extended until 3…

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Temporary relaxation of the enforcement of EU drivers’ hours

The DfT announced a temporary relaxation of the enforcement of EU drivers’ hours rules for all road haulage sectors in Great Britain from 12:01am on 12…

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DVLA and Home Office utilise technology in roadside checks to confirm ID

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and the Home Office have developed technology which will enable police officers to get instant access to a driver’s…

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Changes for International Hauliers for COVID-19

Changes to haulier testing requirements for fully vaccinated UK hauliers returning from amber list countries came into effect from 19th July 2021. Drivers are not required…

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New DVLA tachograph driver card service

The new service launched by the DVLA will cut wait times and allows instant payments for tachograph driver cards. HGV, bus and coach drivers can now…

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Removing roadworthiness prohibitions

From 1 June 2021, any prohibitions for testable vehicles or trailers that are not cleared at the roadside will be referred for a DVSA prohibition removal…

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SmartDownload now includes Geotab, Samsara & OptiFleet

Following on from adding Geotab and Samsara Telematics to SmartDownload for automatic remote download of tachograph data to SmartAnalysis in September 2020 we are please to…

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Kent Access Permits are no longer required

From Tuesday 20 April you will not need to obtain a Kent Access Permit (KAP) if you are driving a HGV to the EU from the…

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New serious incident reporting system

The DVSA have launched a new serious incident reporting system for bus and coach operators. The new online form is available to use from 6 April.…

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Descartes Sponsors True Heroes Racing for 2021 Season

Descartes has announced its continued sponsorship of True Heroes Racing, a team founded in 2012 as a project to provide Wounded, Injured and Sick (WIS) UK…

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No VU tachograph downloads in 505 days results in revoked licence

A Sittingbourne operator was called out as “an accident waiting to happen” and had their licence revoked by the South Eastern Traffic Commissioner, Sarah Bell. The…

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TfL reminds HGV operators to apply for free safety permits

Transport for London (TfL) is reminding all HGV operators that wish to drive in London to apply for their free safety permit before 1st March when…

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Dead man’s tachograph card

In a recent case reported in Commercial Motor a sole trader found  using a dead brother’s digital tachograph drivers card to exceed drivers’ hours limits has…

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Temporary relaxation of the enforcement of drivers’ hours due to Brexit and Covid-19

The Department for Transport has published two temporary relaxations of the enforcement of drivers’ hours rules. The first is in response to the exceptional pressures on…

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New processes for hauliers travelling to Ireland

If you are travelling to Northern Ireland (NI) or the Republic of Ireland from any ports in Great Britain (GB), there are new processes that must…

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Changes to Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence)

Following a review of Driver CPC training and recommendations made by the European Commission, the UK Government has decided that Driver CPC training will be monitored…

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Tyres older than 10 years banned on commercial vehicles from 1 Feb 2021

It will be illegal for HGVs, buses, coaches and trailers over 3.5 tonnes to use tyres that are over 10 years old on the front axle…

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No access to France for 48 hours

On Sunday 20 December 2020 the French Government announced that all passenger transport and accompanied freight from the UK will not be able to access France.…

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ECMT Deadline reminder for hauliers travelling to Europe

Hauliers planning to travel to the EU in from 1 January 2021 will need to apply for a ECMT permit. The application window will close on…

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Kent Access Permit required for cross-Channel HGVs

The Cabinet Office has confirmed that a Kent Access Permit will be mandatory for all HGVs using the Channel crossings to the European Union from the UK.…

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Transport Operators – It’s Time. Are you Brexit Ready?

Warnings from the UK Government around the potential implications to companies that are not prepared for Brexit are beginning to emerge. And as recent research shows;…

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Vocational driver conduct Statutory Document updated

The Senior Traffic Commissioner, has updated the Statutory Document on driver conduct (Statutory document 6), following a consultation on the proposed changes to how driver conduct…

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Changes to drivers’ hours and tachograph rules

As of 20 August 2020, the Department for Transport (DfT) announced some changes to the EU drivers’ hours and tachograph rules which were effective from that…

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New Driver CPC Guidance is now published

The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have now published their new guidance for Driver CPC. The changes came into effect on 24 July 2020 following…

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Ban on old tyres coming in the Autumn 2020

The Government have announced a ban on  old tyres being fitted to lorries, buses and coaches. The ban makes it illegal to fit tyres aged 10…

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Changes to Driver CPC revealed.

Following a consultation by the DVSA on how to improve Driver CPC, the agency is expected to implement a number of changes. The full details have…

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DVSA to resume HGV Testing

The Driver and Vehicles Standards Agency (DVSA) has will resume HGV testing from 4 July 2020. To help manage the demand as testing is resumed the…

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New Driver Debrief – Minimise driver infringements

The new SmartDebrief module within SmartAnalysis provides a user friendly and paperless driver debriefing facility. Infringements and failure to manage drivers effectively can be expensive. The…

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Licence extension

Anyone with a photocard driving licence that expired from 1 February 2020, or is due to expire by 31 August 2020, will receive an automatic seven…

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Temporary relaxation of EU drivers’ hours now ended

A temporary relaxation of the EU drivers’ hours rules for a 30-day period, for drivers was announced on 18 March 2020 to help with COVID-19. The…

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D4 Medical suspension

The Government has temporarily suspended the need for a D4 medical when renewing driving entitlements. With NHS staff  focused on COVID-19, the government has taken action…

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Relaxed enforcement of drivers’ hours extended to end of May 2020

Following discussions between road haulage representatives and the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, the DfT  announced that the current temporary relaxation of the enforcement of EU drivers’…

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New and improved SmartCompliance User Interface makes managing your compliance easier

SmartCompliance will be updated to Release 20.4 on 5 May 2020. The new release will feature a new and improved SmartCompliance User Interface making it even…

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DVSA suspends periodic tachograph calibrations

To help operators during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has decided to suspend periodic tachograph calibrations and inspections on vehicles.…

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COVID-19 update: Changes to Driver CPC

Driver CPC periodic training changes announced. The Government has announced temporary changes to professional driver requirements as part of its response to the coronavirus outbreak.  Whilst…

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Coronavirus: MOTs for lorries, buses and trailers suspended

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has suspended MOTs for all heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and public service vehicles (PSVs) for up to three months from…

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Tachographs & Telematics Report

The introduction of Smart Tachographs in June 2019 offer opportunities to make better operational use of tachograph and drivers’ hours data. The report conducted by Commercial…

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Haulage firm to pay £500k for forged records

A haulage company which falsified vehicle maintenance records has been ordered to pay £500,000 after admitting 19 counts of fraud. The firm was fined £20,000 for…

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New SmartAnalysis Driver CPC Module

Descartes is pleased to announce the availability of SmartAnalysis Driver CPC, a powerful and flexible on-line tool for recording and managing driver CPC. Bus, coach and…

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Operator licensing and Brexit

The UK officially left the EU on 31st January 2020 at 11pm. We are now in a transition period to 11pm on 31st December 2020 where little…

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The future of supply chain and logistics

Descartes presents expert advice to industry professionals. At the end of 2019 Descartes Systems UK welcomed over 100 logistics professionals to its UK Customer and Partner…

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In the News – Transport Operator

In the latest issue of Transport Operator, Andrew Tavener, our head of marketing, explains that compliance management should always be at the forefront of transport operators’…

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DVSA publish their 2018 to 2019 Annual Review

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency work hard to keep everyone safe on our roads. They have just published their Annual Report for 2018 to 2019.…

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Descartes in the News – FACTS Issue 152

Descartes is featured in the latest issue (152) of FACTS – The Pan-European Transport and Logistics Magazine. This issue focuses on compliance management with features on…

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Find out what’s new at Multimodal 18-20 June, 2019

Multimodal is the premier event for logistics and the supply chain decision makers and the 2019 event promises to the be the biggest and best yet.…

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We are hiring – New opportunities at Descartes SmartCompliance

Due to continual strong growth in the Descartes SmartCompliance business we are seeking to fill a number of exciting new software development positions, see Software Developer.…

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SmartCompliance in the news

Putting Digital at the heart of compliance management and how to unlock additional value from compliance data. Descartes SmartCompliance is featured in the latest issues of…

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Descartes launches its SmartDownload Telematics Hub for downloading tachograph data

Descartes is unveiling its fully integrated, complete range of smart compliance management solutions. At the CV Show, 30th April – 2nd May, NEC Birmingham, Stand 5G110,…

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Descartes Sponsors True Heroes Racing for 2019 Season

Descartes Systems UK has announced its sponsorship of True Heroes Racing, a team founded in 2012 as a project to provide wounded, injured and sick (WIS)…

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SmartCompliance solutions at the CV Show, 30 April to 2 May 2019

Descartes are attending the 2019 Commercial Vehicle show to showcase SmartCompliance solutions for fleets of all sizes. Come and speak to the SmartCompliance team on the stand…

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Descartes presents solutions to the big logistics challenges and opportunities

Last month Descartes Systems UK welcomed 135 logistics professionals to its UK Customer and Partner event. Held at the RAF Museum in London, the agenda for…

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Descartes launches mobile driver vehicle safety checks

From October 2018, Descartes mobile driver vehicle safety checks will be available as part of the SmartCompliance suite. Transport operators of all sizes will be able to…

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Coach firm loses licence for drivers’ hours abuses

A “dangerous” coach firm that operated school runs and carried professional sports teams in Hampshire has had its licence revoked by a traffic commissioner. The firm…

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DVSA’s new search app makes enforcement checks quicker and easier

The DVSA’s frontline enforcement staff have access to a new search app to get all the information they need on a mobile phone or tablet device…

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New rules on drivers’ working conditions are coming

Updated rules from the EU to fight illegal practices in road transport and to help improve drivers’ employment conditions were approved by the Transport Committee in…

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Descartes shows how to supercharge supply chain operations at Multimodal 2018

Descartes  will display its comprehensive range of on-demand, software-as-a-service solutions that drive supply chain operational efficiency and regulatory compliance at Multimodal 2018, which takes place at…

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Devices for tampering with drivers’ hours found in HGVs

Police in Nottinghamshire have found 6 tachograph manipulation devices fitted in HGVs since January 2018. The devices are used to interfere with the recording of drivers’…

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Descartes releases new pre-pay system for Smartanalysis, tachograph analysis software

Save time and money on tachograph analysis with Smartanalysis Pre-Pay.

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Descartes Sponsors True Heroes Racing for 2018 Season

Descartes has announced its sponsorship of True Heroes Racing, a team founded in 2012 as a project to support wounded, injured and sick (WIS) UK Service personnel & Veterans.

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DVSA’s Earned Recognition Pilot starts with 30 organisations

take advantage of Earned Recognition with Smartanalysis.

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HGV driver fell asleep and drove into oncoming traffic on the motorway

Fatigue contributes for up to 20% of motorway accidents. It also increases the severity of an accident, as driver reactions are impaired. You are legally obliged to tell DVLA if you have been diagnosed with OSAS or any sleepiness sufficient to impair driving.

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Prison for breaking drivers’ hours

A HGV driver was handed out a six-month prison sentence for failing to take rest breaks and drivers’ hours offences. The driver was stopped by DVSA…

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Three-year ban for misleading DVSA & missing tachograph downloads

A haulage firm director admitted that he deceived Government inspectors over employment of a transport manager and was disqualified by the West Midlands Traffic Commissioner, Nick…

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Descartes working with DVSA on Earned Recognition Pilot

Descartes working with DVSA on Earned Recognition

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DVSA launch Earned Recognition Pilot

Roadside checks cost operators time and money. Earned Recognition will help the DVSA target non-compliant operators.   Earned Recognition proves that you meet driver and vehicle standards. …

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Fines of up to £1,500 for historic commercial drivers’ hours offences

New rules mean the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will be able to issue on-the-spot fines for any drivers’ hours offences committed in the previous 28…

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Importing Tachograph Fraud

The BBC reported on an increase in tachograph tampering in the UK roads with over 440 HGVs crossing into the UK last year with manipulated tachographs.…

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Driving tired is ‘worse than being on drugs’

According to recent research, driving in state of fatigue has contributed to more road accidents in Great Britain than those impaired by taking drugs. The study…

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21-year ban for HGV driver

A HGV driver has been disqualified from professional driving until June 2038 after his driver card was used by another employee to commit serious offences. The…

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HGV Roadside Emissions Tests

From August 2017, roadside checks of HGVs carried out by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will include an emissions check. The DVSA will target HGV…

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Three year ban for falsifying drivers’ hours & tachograph records

An HGV driver was banned from professional driving for three years after falsifying drivers’ hours and tachograph records. Government inspectors had found that the driver used…

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Want to get the most out of Smartanalysis? – Training

Smartanalysis training Thursday 3rd August 2017, from 9.30am to 12.30pm – Braintree, Essex. Smartanalysis is continually improved and new features added to make managing compliance easier for…

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Banned for 3 years for vehicle maintenance & drivers’ hours infringements

The director of a Birmingham builders’ has been banned from operating HGVs for three years for showing no interest in vehicle and driver safety standards. The…

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Driver CPC Validation with SmartLicence

The latest release of Descartes’ SmartLicence online driving licence management and verification solution has been enhanced to accommodate Driver CPC and Digital Tachograph card validation. In September…

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Road freight weights must be declared by shippers

All cargo owners must now provide road haulage operators with the weight of cargo goods to be transported in the EU. This is an extension to…

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Weekly Rest Period Clarification for HGV drivers’ hours

A statement by the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice has advised that a ‘normal’ 45-hour weekend break cannot count as ‘rest’ for tachograph…

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Smartanalysis reporting for Earned Recognition at Multimodal 2017

The extensive reporting capabilities of Smartanalysis will accommodate the requirements DVSA set for transport operators to achieve Earned Recognition. Visitors to Multimodal 2017, taking place at…

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Multimodal 2017 – NEC Birmingham 4 to 6 April

Supply chain management and logistics for cargo owners. Descartes would like to invite you to the tenth Multimodal event at the NEC in Birmingham in April, in…

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RoutingUK.descartes.com

Maximise efficiency and stay compliant. Descartes have launched a new web site to maximise the efficiency and profitability of road transport operations whilst safeguarding compliance.  The…

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Banned, licence revoked and fined for drivers’ hours and tachograph offences

A haulier and transport manager that demonstrated “poor in the extreme” knowledge of drivers’ hours and tachograph compliance will lose his operating licence from 3 February…

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Disqualified for encouraging drivers to commit drivers’ hours offences

The director of a haulage firm with operations in Shrewsbury and Coalville has been disqualified for two years after the Traffic Commissioner for the West Midlands,…

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DVSA improves OCRS to focus on the least compliant operators

The DVSA use the Operator Compliance Risk Score (OCRS) system to help decide which vehicles should be stopped for roadside checks. It gives a score for risk…

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Have your say on harsher penalties for drivers causing death by dangerous or careless driving

In 2015, 122 people were sentenced for causing death by dangerous driving with a further 21 convicted of causing death while under the influence. In a…

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Paying the ultimate price after encouraging drivers to work excessive hours

Paying the ultimate price after encouraging drivers to work excessive hours

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Indefinite ban from running HGVs

An Enfield-based fruit and vegetable retailer was banned indefinitely from running heavy goods vehicles following a history of non-compliance. Evidence presented convinced to Nick Denton, Traffic…

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91% of hauliers want online driver CPC data checking alongside driving licence checks

A survey of over 100 senior UK haulage fleet managers, conducted by the Association for Driving Licence Verification revealed that 91% of respondents want driver CPC…

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Disqualified for five years for drivers’ hours offences

A South Wales operator was disqualified by Traffic Commissioner for Wales, Nick Jones, for five years after committing over 100 driver’ hours offences.  The owner operator…

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Coach operator disqualified for drivers’ hours offences

A Dundee coach operator has been disqualified for two years from 31 May 2016 by Scotland’s Traffic Commissioner after breaching drivers’ hours and tachograph rules that…

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Smart tachograph specifications published

The Regulation on the new digital smart tachograph specifications was published on 27 May 2016. The digital tachograph was first introduced in 2006 as a device…

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DVLA updates guidance on fitness to drive

The DVLA has recently updated its guidance to help Medical Professionals assess their patients’ fitness to drive. The new guide entitled ‘Assessing Fitness to Drive: a Guide…

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Turners enhances driver compliance with Descartes’ SmartCompliance

Descartes Systems Group announced that one of the largest independent haulage companies in the UK, Turners (Soham) Ltd., is using Descartes’ SmartCompliance™ solutions to gain efficiencies and improve…

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12 month ban for drivers’ hours offences

A HGV driver has been given a 12-month ban by Nick Denton, the Traffic Commissioner for the South East and Metropolitan area, after he illegally used…

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New guidance on drivers’ hours and tachographs

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has updated the published guidance on drivers’ hours and tachographs. The guidance is for drivers and road transport operators…

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Descartes demonstrates compliance management by exception with SmartAlerts at the 2016 Commercial Vehicle Show

Descartes will showcase the new SmartAlerts enhancement to its SmartCompliance Software-as-a-Service products at this year’s Commercial Vehicle (CV) Show. Road transport operators visiting stand 4H20 at…

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Banned for not resting

A HGV driver who broke drivers’ hours rules has been disqualified from professional driving for a year. The driver was found to have driven excessive hours…

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ADLV predicts increase in electronic driver licence checks in 2016

The Association for Driving Licence Verification (ADLV) is forecasting that the frequency and volume of online driving licence checks will increase in 2016. In recent marketing…

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Relaxation of drivers’ hours due to Forth Road Bridge closure extended

The relaxation of drivers’ hours because of the 50 mile detour caused by the closure of the Forth Road Bridge has been extended to 15th February…

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HGV driver jailed for falsifying tachograph records

A HGV driver caused “danger to the public” by driving for about 500 hours more than he should have done.  The driver admitted ten offences of…

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HGV driver disqualified for poor records and ignoring breaks

A West Midlands HGV driver was been disqualified for over twelve months for failing to observe required breaks and keeping poor records.  The Traffic Commissioner for…

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Temporary relaxation of drivers’ hours due to Forth Road Bridge closure

The Department for Transport has agreed to a temporary relaxation of EU drivers’ hours and  working-time rules for drivers involved in the distribution of freight and…

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False tachograph records shrinks the fleet for coach operator

A coach operator has had its fleet cut from 91 to just 35 vehicles following a Public Inquiry with the Traffic Commissioner for the North of…

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Tachograph cheat is banned for three years

An Aberdeen-based owner-operator has had his O-licence revoked and been disqualified from driving HGVs for three years after using magnets to interrupt digital tachograph recordings. The…

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False tachograph records lead to busload of problems for coach firm

A coach operator, whose staff were prosecuted at Crown-Court over false tachograph records is now facing a two-day public inquiry in Leeds on December 1. The…

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Descartes launches e-consent to speed up the process for checking driving licences

Gaining consent from a driver to allow licence checking is now a quick and simple 2-step electronic process with SmartLicence. Since the abolition of the paper driving…

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ADLV Urges for regular licence checks to identify high risk drivers

The ADLV (Association for Driving Licence Verification) www.adlv.co.uk is calling for fleet managers to make more regular checks on driver licence entitlement. This includes quarterly checks…

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O-licence revoked for drivers’ hours offences

Numerous records and drivers’ hours offences led to a haulage firm based in Motherwell being stripped of its O-licence. The offences were unearthed by the DVSA…

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Temporary relaxation of drivers’ hours

The Department for Transport (DfT) has agreed to a temporary relaxation of EU drivers’ hours rules to help drivers that are delayed due to industrial action…

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Descartes Tachograph Analysis & SmartLicence Bureau Relocates

The Descartes Tachograph Analysis and SmartLicence Bureau relocated on 23rd July. The Bureau now has new telephone and fax numbers. Anyone wanting to call the Bureau should…

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Have your say on the conduct of professional HGV, bus and coach drivers

The commercial vehicle industry has been invited to contribute to a consultation on how Traffic Commissioners deal with the conduct of professional truck, bus and coach…

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DVSA take new steps to focus on serially and seriously non-compliant operators

The DVSA has reiterated its intent to free up resources to tackle the worst offending transport operators. Caroline Hicks, DVSA Head of Enforcement, has said in the…

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SHA-1 end of support notice

If you are running Windows XP take action now. Background Due to weaknesses found in the algorithm, the IT Industry has agreed to end of life…

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Haulage firm shut down over drivers’ hours breach

Banned from running haulage firm after failing to give drivers rest breaks to comply with drivers’ hours requirements. Joan Aitken stripped the Operator Licence for Heavy…

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Suspended prison sentences for breaching tachograph and drivers’ hours regulations

A coach driver admits falsifying tachograph records and was handed out a six-month jail sentence suspended for two years and ordered to pay £500 costs after…

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Driving without a digital tachograph driver card costs operator almost 3,000 Euros.

An Enniscorthy company was fined 2,500 Euros and ordered to pay costs of 400 Euros excluding VAT for a tachograph offence in 2014 in one of…

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How to create a “Customer Facing” supply chain

Descartes to Present on Creating “Customer Facing” Supply Chains at Home Delivery World 2015 Descartes will present at Home Delivery World 2015 on how retailers can create…

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New integrated compliance management solutions at CV Show 15

Descartes will be showcasing its latest comprehensive Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions to help road transport operators achieve compliance at this year’s Commercial Vehicle (CV) Show taking place…

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Tachograph rules changed for Farmers

From March 2015 farmers no longer need a tachograph fitted to their vehicles if the distance travelled is less than 100km from their operating base. Before…

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The most complete lack of compliance ever seen?

The Traffic Commissioner for the North-east said a Middlesbrough minibus operator showed the “most complete lack of compliance” he has ever seen, as he revoked their…

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Banned for life by Traffic Commissioner

The owners of two Maidstone haulage companies have been banned for life after an inquiry heard how their behaviour put road users at risk. The two…

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HGV driver fined £1000 for tachograph offences

A HGV driver has been fined £1,000 for tachograph and drivers’ hours offences after admitting thirteen charges when he appeared at Perth Sheriff Court. On 11 dates in March…

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Haulage director disqualified for three years

The director of a Sheerness-based haulage firm was disqualified for three years from 28 January for breaching several safety and licensing standards. The director was found…

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Tachograph rules to change for local journeys

From 2 March 2015 a new European regulation – EU 165/2014 (PDF 2 MB) – will replace EEC 3821/85, setting out requirements for the construction, installation,…

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Take immediate action to safeguard your compliance with SmartAlerts

Busy Transport Managers can now get automatic email alerts regarding their licensed drivers and their digital tachograph downloads using SmartAlerts from Descartes. This saves time and…

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School coach service suspended for drivers’ hours infringements

A Coach firm providing transport for school children was suspended for two weeks for ‘significant shortfalls’ in drivers’ hours records management. The coach operator was found…

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HGV Driver Fined £1000 for failing to take a break

A County Down Commercial Goods Vehicle Operator was fined a total of £1,000 at Omagh Magistrates’ Court for tachograph (drivers’ hours) offences. The charges came after…

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Descartes acquires Airclic

Vertically-Focused Mobile Capabilities to Strengthen Descartes’ Fleet Management Platform Descartes Systems Group has acquired Airclic, a leading provider of mobile solutions that reduce the cost of…

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Haulage firm to pay almost £2,500 after admitting drivers’ hours offences

D Jenkins and Son and five of the company’s drivers appeared in court on charges of failing to take the regulatory required rest breaks following an…

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Dig deeper into unaccounted distance

Smartanalysis users can now dig deeper into unaccounted distance with a brand new Tachograph Analysis Report. In response to requests from customers the existing Descartes Smartanalysis…

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Gist Expands Use of Cloud-Based Descartes Smartanalysis™ for European Road Transport Compliance

Descartes Systems Group today announced that Gist, a leading supply chain services provider, has expanded its use of Descartes Smartanalysis™, a tachograph analysis and compliance management solution,…

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Descartes home delivery solution wins Logistic Business IT Award

Descartes Systems Group was awarded the 2014 Logistic Business IT award in the UK. Of the numerous software suppliers the solution Descartes implemented for and with…

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Descartes joins new Driving Licence Verification trade body (ADLV)

A new trade body, the Association for Driving Licence Verification (ADLV) has been launched to provide fleet users with responsible and secure access to DVLA driving…

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Banned for faking tachograph and drivers’ hours records

Twelve former employees of a north Cumbrian road haulage operator have been banned from professional driving after faking their tachograph and drivers’ hours records, following conduct…

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How to keep track of driving licence changes – Take immediate action with SmartAlerts

SmartAlerts is a new online tool within Smartanalysis, the UK’s leading tachogragraph analysis and compliance management Software as a Service. It provides email alerts for driving…

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National speed limit for HGVs to be increased

The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, Claire Perry, announced yesterday that the government is proposing to increase the national speed limit for HGVs over…

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Transport Manager disqualified for 5 years

Stephen Drever-Marshall, the nominated Transport Manager on two licences – in the North of England was disqualified by North East Traffic Commissioner Kevin Rooney for five…

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Haulier suspended for drivers’ hours offences & false records

A Telford haulage operator has been suspended from running HGVs after Traffic Commissioner Nick Jones found that drivers had driven excessive hours, broken speed limits and…

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Driver CPC information is now in one place

DVSA  has now collected all the information regarding Driver CPC in one place on GOV.UK. No need to navigate through several different pages to find what you need. Simply go to…

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DfT consults on proposals to make historical drivers’ hours offences subject to fixed penalty notices.

The Department for Transport is seeking comments on their proposals to change the legislation to allow roadside enforcement officers to issue fixed penalty notices and financial…

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ILT increases fines for tachograph infringements in Netherlands

The Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT) recently announced that the fines for manipulation of the tachograph will go up sharply. TLN the Dutch Association for Transport…

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Transport Manager loses his repute over CPC training & drivers’ hours infringements

A Transport Manager recently lost his repute indefinitely for failing to make sure his drivers had started their Driver CPC training and the drivers’ hours infringements…

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Descartes Launches Driving Licence Management and Verification Service

Descartes Systems Group, the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, announced the launch of Descartes SmartLicence™, an integrated driving licence management and verification service…

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Smartanalysis gets smarter at the CV Show – Stand 4F118.

Descartes’ Smartanalysis, the UK’s leading tachogragraph analysis and compliance management Software as a Service has become even smarter with SmartLicence, an integrated driving licence management and…

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HGV Road User Levy Act starts 1 April 2014

The HGV Road User Levy Act 2013 imposes charges for vehicles over 12 tonnes gross vehicle weight for using UK roads.  The act applies to UK…

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HGV drivers targeted using unmarked lorry in Humberside

Following the success of operation “Truckcam” in Merseyside a similar initiative was undertaken by Humberside Police to target offences committed by HGV drivers. An unmarked lorry…

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Changes for HGV, bus and coach driver tests and licencing

Changes introduced to driving test and licence requirements affecting HGV, bus and coach drivers will come into effect on 10 April 2014. The changes from April…

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“Truckcam” results in 180 offences being reported in two weeks.

Merseyside Police target HGV drivers in covert operation. Merseyside Police issued 180 road traffic offence reports, 17-fixed penalty notices and seized four vehicles during operation ‘Truckcam’,…

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HGV Driver banned for false tachograph records and drivers’ hours infringements

The HGV driver was called to the Deputy Traffic Commissioner in Edinburgh in February after the authorities reported him for drivers’ hours infringements. He was originally…

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HGV drivers fined £34,410 in crack down on drivers’ hours and tachograph offences

A partnership operation by the police and VOSA over three weeks during November and December 2013 in Devon and Cornwall called Operation Fatigue resulted in fines…

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Driving test and licence changes for HGV and bus drivers coming soon

Changes will be introduced by the Driving Standards Agency and Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency that affect HGV, bus and coach driving test and licence requirements…

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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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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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Exentra appoints Andrew Tavener as Marketing Manager for the UK and Europe

Andrew started his marketing career in 1992 at Securicor Datatrak where he pioneered the use of automatic vehicle location services for fleet management. Since then he…

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