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. 

Fuel thieves siphon hundreds of litres from North Wales haulier

Fuel thieves have siphoned hundreds of litres of fuel from a North Wales aggregates haulier.

The thieves stole around 750 litres of diesel from three vehicles at Porthmadog-based OJ Jones & Son on Wednesday night (13 February).

Director Dewi Jones said: “It’s very distressing. The price of fuel goes up, the government puts duty up and in a recession like this you’re going to get more crime as there are not enough police on the streets.”

CCTV footage revealed that thieves broke into the firm’s yard at 10.38pm on Wednesday with an electric pump.

Jones told Commercialmotor.com that there have been four incidents in the area in three weeks, with vehicles run by Gwynedd Council also targeted.

Jones added: “When they do catch these criminals the penalty they get is very lenient. Now there’s extortionate rates, it’s the victims that suffer.”

Police are currently investigating the case and are urging anyone with information to call 101.

OJ Jones & Son has received support from the council to develop a new site with a vehicle testing lane. It is currently awaiting planning permission.