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Steve Williams – the Oracle of all things compliance – from TruckUK has sent Tachoblog this brief note on a couple of things that UK and European Drivers and Operators should be aware of for the end of the month.

Collection of completed analogue tachograph charts

On Friday or Saturday of this week – 27th or 28th March 2009 – you can collect in all analogue tachograph charts completed by your drivers’ before 1st March 2009.

This would then leave your drivers with the legal minimum requirement of having with them, for inspection on request by VOSA, records completed within the last 28 calendar days, as well as their chart for the current day.

From this weekend your drivers’ do not legally need to keep with them any completed charts for January 2009 or February 2009.

It is an offence for any driver to be carrying more than 42 days completed records with him or her. So, if you or your designated member of staff have not checked and stored in chronological order any completed drivers hours records at least up to Friday 13th February 2009 by next Monday (30th March 2009) you could be liable to action being taken against you by VOSA for non-compliance with one of the obligations you made when you were granted a Goods Vehicle Operator Licence.

British Summer Time officially begins on Sunday 29th March 2009

Clocks on analogue tachograph equipment and local time on digital tachographs vehicle units will need to be changed before drivers start work on the morning of Sunday 29th or Monday 30th March 2009, this weekend.

The change officially takes place at 01.00 Greenwich Mean Time, so you are advised to ensure the tachograph clocks are put forward one hour before they go out on Sunday or Monday morning.  Digital tachograph vehicle units will continue to record in UTC – Universal Time Co-ordinated, but if drivers’ wish to have the correct local time shown on the face of the vehicle unit they will need to manually change the clock, by going into the vehicle entry area of the main menu.  Video-clips showing how to change the local time on all three types of digital tachograph vehicle unit will be available to view at TruckUK from this Friday (March 27) afternoon, at 3.00pm.

Tachoblog says thanks Steve and, to the rest of you, don’t say you haven’t been warned!