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All Aboard!, Issue #006 -- Analog tachographs due to disappear
October 17, 2012

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The latest on everything in the passenger transport industry: changes in legislation, tips for road safety, CPC training dates,...

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1. Analog tachographs due to disappear

The European Commission has started initial discussions on completely phasing out analog tachographs by 2020.

Five years later, by 2025, all vehicles need to be fitted with the new generation of digital tachographs, the so-called "Smart Tachograph".

It comes as no surprise that the analog tachograph is due to disappear. With digital tachographs installed in vehicles from 2006 onward, the "youngest" vehicle with analog equipment will be 15 years old. The number of passenger carrying vehicles that will need a new tacho head fitted will therefore be limited.

The impact of retro-fitting smart tachographs will be far greater since they are not yet on the market and the EU is still discussing the precise changes to be made. Even if they are available some time next year to be put into new vehicles, it would still mean that in 2025 all vehicles under 12 years old will need new tacho-heads fitted.

All the proposed changes are geared towards minimising the opportunity for tampering and making enforcement of the rules easier, possibly even by remote access to the vehicle units.

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2. No mercy from Traffic Commissioner for failing to complete CPC

With only 12 months to go for professional bus and coach drivers to complete the required 35 hours training for Driver CPC, a recent Freedom of Information request has revealed that only 18% of PCV drivers has so far completed the required 35 hours of Periodic Training.

In actual numbers, only 56,981 out of 315,171 drivers registered with DVLA as holding a full PCV entitlement have been issued a Driver Qualification Card (DQC). And while these numbers don’t reflect how many of these drivers have completed at least part of the hours, nor how many drivers are planning to leave the industry, it is at this point safe to assume that tens of thousands of drivers still need to go through training before the deadline next September.

Senior Traffic Commissioner Beverly Bell has made it very clear that she will not show clemency for those driving without the DQC, classing them the same as driving without a valid licence.

The penalties involved are:

  • Driving without completing Driver CPC – max £1000 fine.
  • Allowing a driver to drive without CPC qualification – max £1000 fine.
  • Failing to carry DQC while driving – max £1000 fine
  • Person guilty of forgery or false statements - prison sentence of up to 2 years and/or a fine.

With so many drivers still needing courses, demand will be high, fuelling rumours about price increases and lack of availability to fit drivers’ schedules.

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1. Ferry rest periods

A legal test case has confirmed the view on ferry rest periods.

A driver travelling on and off a ferryboat or train is allowed to interrupt a regular daily rest (11 hours) twice for up to 60 minutes total.

This time should be added to the weekly driving limit but not to the daily driving limit.

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2. Unlock emergency door

Driving a vehicle with locked or defective emergency doors features high in the top-5 reasons for vehicle related Graduated Fixed Penalties issued to drivers.

To avoid getting caught driving with a locked door, get in the habit of making unlocking the first thing you do when you get to your vehicle. And similarly, make locking the emergency exit the last thing you do before walking away from the vehicle so unwanted visitors can't get access in your absence.

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Driver CPC Courses

Our Driver CPC training courses are designed to suit the needs of your organisation. No "one-size-fits-all", but courses tailored specifically to the passenger transport industry.

We offer the following approved courses:

  • Driver's Hours & Tachograph Use (analog & digital): the rules on driving hours, Working Time Directive and the correct use of recording equipment.
    Tue 20/11/12
  • Drive Safe, Stay Legal: understanding your legal obligations, defect procedures, emergency procedures.
    Wed 21/11/12
  • Road Risk - Drug & Alcohol Awareness: safety issues on the road, effects of fatigue, drugs and alcohol use.
    Mon 19/11/12
  • Eco-Driving (classroom based): reduce fuel costs, maintenance costs and accident risk.
    Wed 14/11/12
  • Customer Service: communication and conflict management, working relationships and practical solutions to deal with customers.
    Thu 15/11/12
  • Eco-Driving (on the road): driving techniques to encourage fuel-efficient driving (max. 2 drivers).
    Dates on request

Bespoke training for company bookings.

We deliver training on-site or at a location of your choice.

Special rates available for group or multiple course bookings. Beat the rush and book now! The deadline is approaching fast.

For enquiries and bookings: or click here for an enquiry form.

That's it for now!

Drive safely,

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