Earlier this month (June), it was reported that a haulage firm from Lincolnshire had appeared in-front of the magistrates courts, facing in excess of 90 counts of tachograph offences.
According to the reports, the firm are facing 97 counts of aiding, abetting, counselling and procuring drivers to make false entries of tachograph checks; whilst a number of drivers from the firm have also appeared in court charged with similar offences.
A number of the drivers face ten counts of falsifying tachograph entries; whilst one driver faces nine counts of failing to record data onto a driver card – although both cases have been adjourned until early September, to enable pleas to be entered.
As road traffic solicitors in Yorkshire, we understand the importance of complying with the strict EU rules on drivers’ hours which govern the number of hours a driver can work before taking a break, which are recorded by tachographs.
Our solicitors also understand the consequences of falsifying such information, such as receiving a financial penalty – which can be as much as £5,000 – or a custodial sentence, which in the most severe cases can be two years imprisonment.
Due to understanding the nature of such offences, and the penalties they carry, for those who are facing allegations of tachograph misuse, our solicitors are ideally placed to help.
Whether you are an operator or a driver it is essential to seek expert advice at the earliest opportunity to ensure you receive the best possible legal representation; and our road traffic solicitors are highly experienced in representing clients in such cases, whether at the magistrates’ court, the Crown Court, the Court of Appeal or even the Traffic Commissioner.
To find out how we can assist you, contact us today.