Commercial drivers warned about new regulations

12 June, 2009

New regulations mean that drivers of commercial bakery vehicles will need to be even more careful if they are to avoid roadside fines of up to £200.

The graduated fixed penalty scheme went ‘live’ in May, which means Vehicle & Operator Services Agency (VOSA) enforcers can now issue fixed penalties to drivers for infringements detected during roadside checks.

Last year, 15% of HGVs received prohibitions for drivers’ hours and tachograph infringements – a tachograph records the vehicle’s speed and whether it is moving or stationary – the average fine being £190, with a maximum of £5,000.

For bakers looking to squeeze more value from their supply chains and keep the cost of bread down, tachograph performance is, therefore, a fundamental area not to be overlooked.

Employers also face fines, licence suspensions and revocations if their Operator Compliance Risk Score is impacted – worryingly, the number of prohibitions issued rose by 50% from 2007 to 2008.

Drivers can help reduce potential tachograph infringements, with one of the biggest reasons for non-compliance being failure to produce tachograph charts.

However, tachograph information is useless unless it is interpreted intelligently, so it pays to select a provider based on more than just initial cost.

Tachograph customers should ask their supplier if it can offer on-site analysis and staff training, as well as just a range of data solutions.

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