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 the driver was stopped by DVA officers as part of a goods vehicle operation. Four tachograph offences were detected. He received a £1,000 fine for the offence of failing to take a 45-minute break after four hours thirty minutes driving. He also received a conditional discharge for one year on three other counts of the same offence and ordered to pay an offender levy of £15 and court costs of £19. Drivers can not afford to miss their required breaks and operators need to manage their tachograph data and drivers’ hours to avoid expensive fines. Tachograph analysis software such as Smartanalysis is available to manage drivers’ hours compliance for just 25p per working day and you can sign up to the service for free. Read the full story.