Coach operator disqualified for drivers’ hours offences

Posted by fionastewart on 20th Jun 2016

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 exist to safeguard against driver fatigue. The company operated a fleet of five coaches out of its base in Wester Gourdie Industrial Estate and was called to a Public Inquiry where it was found that systems and processes were not in place to manage drivers’ hours. The industry regulator said it had found "numerous instances" of employees driving for more than four and a half hours without having a break.  The company's Transport Manager and four drivers were all given warnings. The Traffic Commissioner Joan Aitken said the operator had breached "licence undertakings in relation to drivers' hours and tachograph regulations" and went on to say "he has not had in place proper systems to ensure that journeys were properly recorded, that drivers were taking breaks and rest when required to do so on occasions. "This operator's drivers were not recording their hours accurately. The day of the coach driver is not simply one of turning the engine on and driving and then taking rest or breaks, but involves many other tasks and duties." Miss Aitken said the ruling was a reminder to the industry that drivers’ hours and tachograph rules were in place to make sure coach drivers were "fresh and rested and that they do not fall asleep at the wheel". For help in managing drivers' hours and tachograph data see Smartanalysis. Source BBC News