Your questions on drivers’ hours law, the working time directive, digital tachographs and other DVSA requirements answered

Did you miss the chance to catch up on your tachograph knowledge when we hosted an exclusive Common Compliance Pitfalls webinar in association with Aquarius? 

Experts from digital tachograph analysis specialists Aquarius explained some of the top enquiries they get from their customers on drivers’ hours law, the working time directive, digital tachographs and other DVSA requirements.

Catch up on this one-long webinar which covers the consequences of drivers leaving gaps in tachograph records, as well as clears up the confusing topic of reduced daily rest at the end of a working week. There's also a section on train or ferry rest regulations and how to account for incorrect manual entries when drivers leave tachograph cards in overnight. 

Other pitfalls also covered include record-keeping requirements in emergency situations and monitoring, identifying and accounting for missing kilometres when comparing driver cards and vehicle data.

You can listen back to the webinar by clicking here.

Sentinel Systems to guide operators on Direct Vision safety systems at Freight in the City Expo


With TfL’s Direct Vision Standard due to come into force next year, vehicle safety expert Sentinel Systems will be heading to Freight in the City Expo to offer guidance to operators on ensuring their fleets comply.

TfL has been working with industry to rate lorries over 12 tonnes from zero to five stars depending on how much direct vision is possible from their cabs.

From October 2020, those with a zero rating will be banned from entering the capital unless they are fitted with mitigating safety systems to reduce the dangers to vulnerable road users (VRUs).

Sentinel Systems has reviewed the requirements for zero-rated HGVs and is keen to advise operators on the importance of installing a sensor system to warn drivers of VRUs, an audible vehicle manoeuvring warning and a fully operational camera monitoring system.

It recommends the following:

  • A fully operational camera monitoring system and a sensor system with driver alerts are both mandatory requirements to ensure blind spots are covered, whilst vehicles will be required to have a fully operational camera monitoring system on the nearside of the vehicle and comprehensive sensor system to warn drivers of anyone close to the vehicle.
  • The recommended specification for sensors advises that sensors on rigid vehicles should ensure coverage six metres down the nearside or one metre from the rear of the vehicle, whichever is smaller. Sensors should also not activate when near stationary vehicles or roadside furniture. It is also recommended that additional front sensors comply with coverage set out in the UNECE Regulation 46 Class VI mirror coverage zone.
  • When it comes to warning of intended manoeuvres, the TFL guidance recommends that vehicles should have a manual on/off switch for use between 11.30pm and 7am. Operators should also consider an audible warning system that combines warnings and white noise. The use of warning signage should also not be offensive and should not give instructional advice to the people walking and cycling. The text point size should be legible by a cyclist or pedestrian at a reasonable distance from the vehicle.

Sentinel Systems’ safety camera package can be customised to meet the individual requirements of each fleet, depending on the size and operations of each vehicle.

The camera system can be created using any number of Sentinel’s systems, including forward, rear and side facing cameras for a 360° view of the vehicle’s surroundings.

“We’re looking forward to talking to visitors at the Freight in the City Expo who want to know more about our safety solutions and how our specialist equipment can help save lives by improving drivers’ all-round vision and awareness,” said a company spokeswoman.

Come and talk to the Sentinel team at Freight in the City Expo on 6 November at Alexandra Palace. It’s free to visit and is a ‘must-see’ event for anyone involved with urban logistics. Register for your free pass today!