There are a number of regulatory procedures that must be followed by certain groups of workers. Specifically, lorry drivers are required to have and properly use a tachograph, while taxi drivers must have the appropriate hackney carriage licence. A failure to meet either of these regulations could lead to a prison sentence as well as a financial fine. Honest mistakes do happen, while incorrect paperwork and administration errors can lead to errors on the part of licensors rather than licensees.
A tachograph must be fitted to certain classes of vehicle and must be used at all appropriate times. Not using the tachograph in a vehicle constitutes an offence and it can carry substantial penalties. If it determined that you deliberately damaged or removed the tachograph so that it could not record appropriate details from your journey and your time behind the wheel then you could even face a prison sentence as well as a financial penalty.
There are many details that the tachograph is used to record. This includes mileage or distance covered, but also speed, driving times, and even rest periods. Legally you are not permitted to drive over a certain number of hours without taking a break and this is the kind of information that is stored on a tachograph and can be used at a later date.
If tachograph data is being questioned because of an accident, it could lead to a charge of dangerous or careless driving. Where people were injured or fatalities ensued, the charge could be much greater and you could face imprisonment. For these reasons, it is important that your tachograph is not only working but that it is working properly.
Freeman & Co Solicitors deal with these and other forms of regulatory work so if you have been charged with fraud or any other offence related to your tachograph then contact us today. Other areas of regulatory work that we cover include hackney carriage licences that taxi and minibus drivers must have in order to be able to legally take paying passengers. Such licences are closely and heavily regulated and it is important that you keep and maintain one to avoid prosecution.
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