21-year ban for HGV driver

Posted by Robin Layfield on 7th Jul 2017

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 driver had his vocational driving licence revoked by Traffic Commissioner Kevin Rooney, following a conduct hearing in Bristol. The Traffic Commissioner found he had allowed his driver card to be used by another driver who also created false records of his own driving and work. It is illegal for a HGV driver to use another driver’s card. The other driver was also convicted of nine offences of knowingly making a false record in May 2016 to hide his daily rest following an investigation by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and was also banned. This shocking case reinforces the need for transport operators to manage compliance and have a robust driving licence verification system in place. With SmartLicence, licence checks conducted in accordance with the risk profile of a driver, with higher risk drivers receiving more frequent checks. Any changes to the licence – such as new points – are highlighted in reports and can be configured as a SmartAlert (automated email alert), making it significantly easier for fleet managers to spot issues that need their attention and take appropriate action. The latest release of Descartes’ SmartLicence has been enhanced to accommodate Driver CPC and Digital Tachograph card validation. Get a SmartLicence quote for your drivers. Source Commercial Fleet.