PERIODS OF AVAILABILITY EXPLAINED

Periods of availability (PoA) continue to cause consternation and confusion in the transport industry. When the Working Time Directive was introduced through Directive 2002/15/EC in April 2005, the various modes were defined in the regulations and it was thought that the confusion drivers have long faced as to what mode to use would be

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TACHOGRAPHS – AN UPDATE ON EU REGULATION

It is said that over time things change. Tachographs and technology have certainly changed, at pace, over the last 9 years, although not as fast as mobile phones, tablets and computers have evolved. Indeed, to some degree, digital tachographs still languish in the dark ages.  THE APPROVAL AND AUDITING OF FITTERS, WORKSHOPS

By |2019-06-14T12:24:45+01:00September 19th, 2015|FTTC Articles|0 Comments

BRITISH DOMESTIC HOURS RULES – THE DETAILS AND THE DANGERS

The British Domestic Hours Rules, unfortunately, are not straightforward, particularly when variables are added. Therefore, in this article, we have concentrated on certain specific areas where common failures occur. When considering the Rules, it is better for drivers, and the operator, to consider the basics of the subject area before delving into those areas

By |2019-06-14T12:28:48+01:00September 9th, 2015|FTTC Articles|0 Comments

WEEKLY REST PERIODS EXPLAINED

The scenario is relevant to both the road haulage and PCV industry, as the same principles apply when planning the routes and work associated with collection and carriage of cargo or passengers. The question that was received is provided below. Question We are having an issue with a driver with respect to his planned

By |2019-06-14T12:32:20+01:00October 8th, 2014|FTTC Articles|0 Comments

TACHOGRAPHS — MODE USE AND MISUSE

Since the introduction of the compulsory use of tachographs in the United Kingdom on 1 January 1982 (adoption of EC Regulation 1463/70) there has long been confusion, dispute and errors in the use, misunderstanding and, in some cases, blatant deliberate misuse of the drivers’ work mode on the records produced. There should never have

By |2019-06-14T12:32:57+01:00July 1st, 2014|FTTC Articles|0 Comments

GRADUATED FIXED PENALTY TICKETS AND ROADSIDE DEPOSITS

These differed from the Fixed Penalty tickets that the Police had been issuing since the early 1980’s in four key areas. 1.       Commercial Vehicle Offences came into the equation in relation to Drivers’ Hours' breaches, primarily under EEC 3821/85 and EC 561/2006. 2.       Breaches of overweight regulations, which had been available previously as a

By |2019-06-14T12:33:57+01:00June 28th, 2013|FTTC Articles|0 Comments

A GUIDE TO TACHOGRAPH SYSTEMS COMPLIANCE

It is of concern how many operators, unknowingly, fall short of the expectations of the Courts and Traffic Commissioners alike in undertaking their obligations to operate in accordance with the EC Drivers’ Hours and Tachograph Regulations and the Road Transport (Working Time) Directive. As well as the undertakings given when obtaining an operator’s licence,

By |2019-06-14T12:35:16+01:00February 12th, 2013|FTTC Articles|0 Comments

CHANGES TO THE DIGITAL TACHOGRAPH

Background to the changes Council Regulation (EEC) 3821/85 controls the technical standards and rules of use of both analogue and digital tachographs. It aims to help enforce driving time, rest and break regulations of drivers to prevent fatigue and therefore promote road safety, and guarantee fair competition and road safety: the so-called “level playing

By |2019-06-14T12:36:28+01:00September 12th, 2009|FTTC Articles|0 Comments