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Course Overview 

This 1 day course provides an introduction to, and an overview of, the framework of legislation relating to goods and passenger transport. Specific areas reviewed include Drivers’ Hours and the tachograph.

Drivers' Hours Regulations:

  • breaks from driving (the 4½ hour rule [two interpretations]; the 4 hour rule);
  • driving time;
  • daily rest (and compensation);
  • weekly rest (and compensation);
  • driver responsibilities;
  • company responsibilities;
  • double manning;
  • mixed driving (in-scope and out-of-scope);
  • over hours (what to do in an ‘emergency’);
  • other associated issues;
  • tachographs (the instrument itself) and driver cards and tachograph charts;
  • the tachograph instrument itself (how it works and what it records);
  • different types of tachograph instrument available (Siemens; Veeder Root; Actia etc);
  • calibration and periodic inspection;
  • how to fill in the centre field of a chart (using different types of chart);
  • how to record activities if the driver is away from the vehicle, or if the vehicle breaks down etc;
  • tachograph instruments and their special features ('self diagnostic' features etc);
  • what to do in the event of a tachograph breakdown;
  • charts that are possibly 12 hours out;
  • serial numbering of tachograph charts;
  • what to do if stopped by an Enforcement Officer;
  • digital tachograph Company card;
  • downloading driver cards and vehicle units;
  • recording daily defect reporting.

Detailed Tachograph Analysis (A Brief Introduction):

  • malfunctions and malpractice;
  • detailed analysis of a tachograph record (digital and analogue) following an incident.

Who Should Attend?
This course is designed for those working in the Traffic Office team and the surrounding transport environment including managers, supervisors , traffic office staff, and, indeed anyone for whom knowledge of Drivers' Hours Laws and the tachograph would be beneficial.

General Details
Throughout the course, those attending are asked to complete several short exercises relating to details they have been given. These exercises are not collected in, as they build in to a set of course notes that can be taken away at the end of the day by those attending.

The courses are run on an as informal a basis as numbers will allow. Questions are answered as they arise throughout the course.

Bespoke Courses
The course provides a flexible framework which can, if required, be tailored to the specific requirements of a given company. Aspects of the legislation of particular relevance to a company can be highlighted. For bespoke courses, timings can be changed and run over multiple days to help minimise disruption to day-to-day operations.