We represented a haulage company that had received a request to disclose tachograph records for its drivers and having done so had been called to a DVSA interview, formerly a VOSA interview, to explain numerous tachograph infringements.
Many of the records had disclosed apparent falsification of tachogaphs as well as drivers’ hours offences such as exceeding maximum daily driving time and failing to take a full 45 minute rest break after four and a half hours driving. On some occasions it was also suggested that the tachograph had not been used.
We met with the operator prior to interview and went through the tachograph analysis and issues, putting them at ease and assisting with improvements to their business. A DVSA interview can be extremely daunting but we were able to guide the directors and its Transport Manager through the interview explaining to DVSA that the operator had no knowledge of the alleged falsification of tachographs. This culminated in no prosecutions for the operator for this type of offence and only a number of the ‘lesser offences’ being taken to the Traffic Commissioner.
“Helping the operator fully prepare for the DVSA interview and assisting with how to answer the questions at the interview under caution put the operator in the best possible light.”