The Office of the Traffic Commissioner is starting a new series of bulletins designed to help maintain and promote O licence compliance. This will include looking at some of the key issues raised in public inquiries.
In the first one, guidance is delivered on downloading and driver defect reporting.
Downloading vehicle units and driver cards
- Choose the appropriate period within the maximum.
- Take a risk-based approach.
- Contemplate the following factors that might increase risk of non-compliance: drivers who are away from base, drivers with a history of previous offences and drivers on strict schedules.
- Be aware of the possibility of data from driver cards being overwritten if the period for driver cards has surpassed.
Driver defect reporting
- Look out for tachograph reports that begin with immediate driving as this would indicate unrecorded walk round checks or no checks at all meaning the records are incomplete.
- Drivers should immediately place their card in the slot and select “other work”, every time they drive. This should be habitual and failing to do so may be a deliberate action.
- Operators should be aware that drivers may hide extra driving or other work at the beginning of the day in case of potential problems later.
For further information please contact a member of our regulatory team on 01254 828300.