O-licence revoked for drivers’ hours offences

Posted by AndrewT on 25th Aug 2015

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 in an investigation where they identified instances of drivers failing to record their journeys, use of magnets to interfere with tachograph data recording, defective tachographs and a tachograph unit that was incorrectly calibrated. The Scottish Traffic Commissioner, Joan Aitken revoked the operators O-licence, from 31 July, following a Public Inquiry. A director was disqualified from applying for or holding an O-licence for two years, lost his repute and was disqualified from acting as a Transport Manager for two years. Drivers had exceeded fortnightly driving limits and had their HGV driving licences suspended for five weeks. The DVSA found no systems or processes in place to ensure compliance with the Working Time Directive, no records of drivers completing their Driver CPC training and no evidence of action being taken following drivers’ hours infringements. A subscription to Smartanalysis, tachograph analysis software costs just 25p per driver per working day and helps operators manage drivers’ hours, working obligations and compliance with tachograph regulations. It also shows the authorities that you have systems and processes in place for managing compliance with the obligations of an O-licence. Source Commercial Motor