The UK’s Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is rolling out remote tachograph sensing equipment across Britain.
The trial aims to “make it easier” to detect drivers who are breaking drivers’ hours rules and keep roads safe, the agency says.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the agency said:
“While we know most operators follow drivers’ hours rules, we are still finding offences at the roadside.”
“Breaking drivers’ hours rules has the potential to be dangerous to road users.”
The spokesperson noted that the new technology will “mean we can identify many kinds of tachograph violations when travelling alongside vehicles, or from the roadside”.
“If you commit a tachograph violation, it is now easier for us to find you,” the spokesperson added.
It has advised drivers to ensure their tachograph is “working properly” before they set off. It advises motorists to correctly record their driving time and rest on their tachograph and take adequate rest.
Drivers should also maintain the tachograph equipment and regularly check their compliance.
Tachographs record information about speed, distance, and driving time and ensure that drivers and employers follow rules on drivers’ hours.
No trailer tests in UK
The UK government has officially scrapped car trailer towing tests as and from Thursday, December 16th, 2021.
All car drivers, who have passed their driving test since January 1st, 1997, can tow a trailer up to 3,500kg in weight without the need for a test.
Despite the new legal changes, it has advised motorists to take training from a driving instructor shall you wish to start driving a car and trailer.
As a result of changes, you can no longer book or sit car and trailer driving tests.
As reported by us, scrapping trailer tests is one of a raft of measures the government has introduced to address the ongoing HGV driver shortage.
In doing so, it aims to free up examiner capacity and “streamline” the stages of tests required and trailer testing content.
Overall, its objective is to benefit the speed at which drivers gain licences and reduce “unnecessary” barriers in becoming qualified.
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