Devices for tampering with drivers' hours found in HGVs

Posted by AndrewT on 6th Apr 2018

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’ hours from the tachograph. In 3 of these cases, the prosecuted drivers received prison sentences. The others were fined. Sergeant Steve Warren, of the East Midlands Operational Support Service, said: "HGV drivers are required, by law, to adhere to European regulations which stipulate set working times and breaks. However, the manipulation to the HGV’s tachograph could in theory allow a driver to drive 24 hours a day, seven days a week." In 2017, 49 devices were found to have been fitted to vehicles. In 31 of these cases driver received a prison sentence. Offenders will continue to be brought to justice under Operation Routine - a joint initiative involving the East Midlands Operational Support Service (EMOpSS), the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and Highways England. As part of their work EMOpSS officers are also sharing information and knowledge with other law enforcement agencies across Europe. For drivers and small operators that want to take advantage of the best technology for managing drivers' hours they can now sign-up to Smartanalysis for just £40 per driver per year on one simple credit card payment, buy Smartanalysis. Source: Nottingham Post