STAFF TRAINING: SOCIAL PROVISIONS AND DIGITAL TACHOGRAPH
The qualification of our employees is a prerequisite for our companys success.
Social provisions related to road transport
...intend to protect the health of drivers and the road safety.
The increasing volume of traffic on the roads causes an ever-increasing burden on the mobile workplace "motor vehicle" for drivers
who carry out passenger transport or freight transport.
Tired drivers endanger themselves and others.
The European Regulation, the "European Agreement Concerning the Work of Crews of Vehicles Engaged in International Road Transport" (AETR),
and the national standards on social provisions in today's road traffic
restrict the maximum driving times and dictate breaks of journey as well as
sufficient rest periods for drivers executing passenger and cargo transportations.
The regulations also apply to certain non-commercial freight transports.
The requirements apply regardless of whether the drivers are working independently or as an employee.
They must be complied with and respected both by the drivers as well as by the entrepreneurs and dispatchers when planning trips.
Only this way the objective of all European states can be achieved,
to increase road safety, to improve safety at work and to avoid distortions of competition.
Breaches of these rules are therefore penalized throughout Europe with heavy fines.
Analog was yesterday, digital technology is today.
This also applies to the monitoring of driving and rest periods in European road traffic.
Since May 2006 in Germany new licensed commercial vehicles with more than 3.5 tons of total weight and all busses with more than 9 seats
must be equipped with a digital tachograph.
As this digital monitoring unit is a must have only in new licensed vehicles and as there is no obligation to upgrade for older vehicles,
the introduction will last many years.
Therefore this subject stays on the agenda for all involved parties – enterprisers, drivers, repair shops, authorities, manufacturers.
Transportation and logistic companies must deal with this change.
Which responsibilities and which competence do fleet managers, drivers, service companies and regulatory authorities have?
From the speed-time chart to the printout:
Who can analyse what, how and for which time period?
Which technical and legal fundaments have to be respected?
20 participants were initially registered for the advanced training, finally 22 appeared:
Many drivers, schedulers, trainees and warehousemen did not want to miss this chance.
At the end of the course everybody achieved a certificate that can be used to renew the driver's licence from 2014 on.
From this year all drivers have to show 5 certificates to make commercial use of the driver's licence.
Some impressions from the training (the limited image quality may be excused):
A few weeks after this course there was another employee seminar on "load securing".
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