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Faulty Digital Tachograph Cards

As many of you will be aware, DVLA has identified an issue which means that some digital tachographs cards may malfunction.
The only cards affected are those issued between 24 March 2007 and 31 August 2008. Cards issued outside of these dates are not affected.
Drivers with faulty cards do not need to contact the DVLA for a replacement. New cards will be sent out automatically, along with a letter to explain what to do with your old card. Make sure you have downloaded all drivers' hours data from your old card before returning it.
Drivers must make sure their address details are up to date with the DVLA. You can check and/or update your details at www.direct.gov.uk/changemyaddress.
If your card is not faulty but is due to expire, you will still receive a reminder to apply for a replacement card, which you should do in the normal way.
VOSA has agreed with DVLA to allow drivers with one of these faulty cards longer than the usual 15 days grace period. During this time, drivers must maintain a manual record of their activities. Take the VU printouts at the start and end of each day and record your personal details on them:
  • Name
  • Driver card/licence number
  • Periods of other work
  • Availability
  • Breaks(including start and finish times)
  • Rest (including start and finish times)
'Don't forget to sign the printout'
VOSA has communicated this issue to counterparts in other member states. VOSA will continue to work with DfT, DVLA and trade associations to smooth the journeys of drivers who are affected and who will be travelling abroad.

Story By: Derek Broomfield

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Date : 03-05-2012

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