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

Drivers' Hours Regulations:

  • breaks from driving (the 4½ hour rule [two interpretations]; the 4 hour rule);
  • driving time;
  • daily rest;
  • split daily rest;
  • 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 (Digital And Analogue):

  • the tachograph instrument itself (how it works and what it records);
  • different types of tachograph instrument available (Actia, Siemens, Stoneridge);
  • calibration and periodic inspection;
  • how to fill in the centre field of a chart (using different types of chart);
  • Driver Card use;
  • Company Card usage;
  • how to complete a tachograph record if away from the vehicle, 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;
  • detailed tachograph analysis following an incident (a brief introduction);
  • malfunctions and malpractice.

Who Should Attend?
This course is designed for Transport Managers and others working in a transport environment including managers, traffic office staff and anyone for which a knowledge of Drivers’ Hours 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 training course outlined provides a flexible framework which can be tailored to specific requirements of a given company. Aspects of the legislation of particular importance or relevance to a company can be highlighted.