Traffic commissioners say some operators are blind to what their operators are doing and what their vehicles are being used for
When it comes to digital tachograph reports, being honest and transparent should be the only approach operators take. This is the advice given by the commissioners in their 2019 annual report.
Operators are still regularly called to public inquiries for compliance issues around tachographs and drivers’ hours. Even though analysing data obtained from digital tachographs is paramount for running compliantly and effectively, some operators still fail to do so.
Falsified reports, out of date tachograph inspections and the absence of company tachograph cards are common problem areas.
Some operators go to the effort of downloading the data but then don’t analyse it to highlight driver infringements. This includes when the vehicle has been driven without a digicard, known as ‘missing mileage’.
Discussing the data with drivers, followed by taking either remedial or disciplinary action, is key to improving compliance. This is important to road safety.
To avoid leaving yourself vulnerable to regulatory action, you should take a look at the tachograph rules (link below). We have listed some of the things you must do below.
As a driver you must:
As an operator you must: