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Course Overview 
This 1 day “operational” course provides an introduction to operational procedures and the framework of legislation relating to company and driver responsibilities in the areas of Drivers’ Hours, Working Time Directive and tachographs (both digital and analogue). Malfunctions and misuse of the tachograph instrument itself are also touched on.

The following subjects are reviewed.


  • Operator Licencing;
  • due diligence;
  • audit trails;
  • prevention-of-repetition;
  • responsibilities;
  • compliance procedures;
  • Working Time Directive;
  • downloading Driver Cards and vehicle units;
  • record keeping;
  • daily defect reporting;
  • Enforcement Authorities.

Drivers’ Hours Laws:

  • breaks from driving;
  • driving time;
  • daily rest and split daily rest;
  • weekly rest;
  • 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.


  • the tachograph instrument itself (how it works and what it records);
  • different types of tachograph instrument available;
  • calibration and periodic inspection;
  • how to use a driver card/how to complete the centre field of a chart;
  • how to use a driver card/complete a chart if the driver is away from the vehicle or if the vehicle breaks down etc;
  • other manual entries;
  • tachograph instruments and their special features ('self diagnostic' features etc);
  • what to do in the event of a tachograph breakdown;
  • what to do if stopped by an Enforcement Officer;
  • incident investigation relating to digital and analogue tachograph instruments;
  • the practical application of items detailed on the course.

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 operational procedures, 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.

This course is run on an informal basis. 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.