In total 18 people - including company director Alison Snaith, bus drivers and administration staff - were prosecuted for offences relating to the records kept by vehicle tachographs
between June 2010 and May 2013.
Following an investigation by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency - which had previously looked into issues over record keeping at the firm in 2006 - it was found there were a number of discrepancies, with some staff seemingly failing to record journeys, turning their tachographs
off before clocking on or off, working on rest days but filing false paperwork, working longer than legally allowed, or not taking enough time off between shifts.
Tampering with tachographs
to avoid complying with legislation on driving and rest time has serious repercussions on road safety - an increase of 2.8 billion per year in the societal cost of accidents, according to the Commission's impact study.
TomTom Business Solutions, a provider of fleet management solutions, announced today the entering of a strategic partnership with DAKO, a European provider of solutions for regulatory worktime and driving time compliance based on the use of tachographs
Police and VOSA are stepping up tachograph
checks on truckers
"A warning must go out to other HGV (drivers) and the like that the tachograph
details have to be kept safely and accurately," he added.
Fujitsu (NASDAQ: FJTSY), a provider of ICT-based business solutions, today announced the availability of a software as a service (SaaS) based solution for the trucking industry in Japan which will enable transportation companies to analyse the output from digital tachographs
to increase efficiency and reduce costs.
It emerged the driver's tachograph
records for the previous 28 days were incomplete.
The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency has introduced a pounds 200 fixed penalty fine for the use of low-loader trailers behind tow vehicles without a tachograph
. This is being implemented by traffic enforcement officers at the roadside.
He then put the date of the ticket on a tachograph
sheet used to log speed and time, and sent it to police claiming he had been within the limit.
"This massive distortion is down to the inept introduction of the digital tachograph
law," said SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan.
"You're starting to see enforcement authorities looking at tachograph
charts," says Semple.