Transport consultant and re-seller of TruTac’s compliance control software, Mister Tacho Ltd, has clarified the position regarding WTD (Working Time Directive) regulations and highlighted the benefits of using reliable compliance software to keep operators on the right side of the law.
Mister Tacho Managing Director, Frank O’Keeffe explained, “There is a lot of confusion about tachograph rules and breaks in driving. For example, the difference between the permitted 4.5 hours of actual driving and the WTD, which states after 6 hours ‘work’ you must have a break of at least 30 minutes – if working between 6 and 9 hours, or 45 minutes if working for more than nine hours.”
Frank went on to stress that driving regulations always take priority so therefore, if you drive for a combined total of 4.5 hours you must take a 45-minute break – even if you have not been working for 6 hours. However, he adds that if drivers have been doing other work for 3 hours, in addition to driving for 3 hours, then they must take a 30-minute break.
Although the rules are straightforward, operators can often misinterpret or inadvertently contravene their meaning and as such, can place themselves in breach of the law and open to serious consequences.
Frank continued, “This is where effective downloading technology, robust software and ongoing data analysis can combine to ensure compliance and peace of mind for any O Licence holder.”
“In addition to supplying the requisite TruTac software products, we offer a one-to-one service which takes care of bedding-in the system. We provide monthly tacho analysis reports, assurance against random DVSA inspections and handling individual driver infringements, whereby an explanatory letter is handed to ‘offending’ drivers, with full details regarding their individual situation. Our full-service offering includes downloading driver cards and vehicles each month for our clients and analysing the results. We provide a one-stop shop to deliver compliance peace of mind.”
Should any operator or employee require representation at a public inquiry or court hearing, Mister Tacho will attend to ensure their position is fully explained within the scope and confines of whichever regulation may have been contravened.
Photo: Frank O’Keeffe