Vosa prosecutions prove Driver CPC value

The latest 2011 / 2012 figures from Vosa show that 81% of all prosecutions in the top 10 list of offences are related to Drivers’ Hours and Tachograph / Records. These are very concerning figures and serve to reiterate the importance of driver training and professional analysis so that operators can accurately monitor and assess driver infringements, writes Tachodisc MD Karen Crispe.

We understand there is intense pressure on operators and transport managers to balance the commercial aspects of a business with compliance needs. But compliance has to be a number one priority; these prosecutions result in expensive fines and are damaging to a company’s OCRS score and potentially to a business as a whole, but worse they could lead to someone being seriously injured.

The solution is simple because there are many ways now in which driver’s hours and tachographs can be cost effectively managed using professional analysis services.

Plus, with Driver CPC being a mandatory requirement for drivers, it would make sense in light of these statistics that operators and drivers proportion part of the 35 hours of training to legislative-biased courses, ie those focused on drivers hours law and tachographs. 

Tachotrain, devised by Tachodisc’s legislative training experts, is another part of the solution. The web-based training management system enables companies to test and periodically assess drivers’ knowledge on key legislation subjects. These online assessments provide companies with the unique ability to periodically test, assess and reinforce drivers’ knowledge on key legislative subjects. 

It can also automatically track, manage and report on all staff training requirements by employee, job type, depot, location and reporting line for Driver CPC as well as wider HSE requirements. 

Given all the technology, services and tools available, these statistics are really quite shocking. And, we must be reminded of the importance of Drivers’ Hours Law and Tachographs because they are in place to protect and safeguard drivers, and others, while on the road. 

CV Show 2013: Maxon gets a lift

On its stand 4J48, US tail lift manufacturer Maxon will be showing four of its most popular products, three of which have just received UK approval for rear under run protection devices.

These are the MAX15T and MAX10T (pictured), 1,500kg and 1,000kg capacity Tuk-A-Way lifts, and the MAX15C 1,500kg capacity conventional cantilever lift.  The MAX15T has two cylinders and a half-steel, half-aluminium or full-aluminium platform and works for floor heights of 1,016 to 1,370mm.

The MAX10T is designed for trucks of 7.5t to 12t GVW, and will accept standard roll cages and pallets. The MAX15C is designed for trucks of 13t to 26t GVW and semi-trailers where a large platform area is required.

Maxon will also be showing its MAX10/15R, part of its Railift range which use two vertical hydraulic cylinders rather than one cylinder and a system of chains or pulleys to minimise maintenance costs.

According to Maxon UK sales manager Roy Taylor, the company has a had a positive year, with significant orders from fleets such as DHL, Yusen, Poundland and TK Maxx. One of Maxon’s biggest customers in the US is truck rental Ryder and its is in talks with some of the UK’s major truck makers.