New North West Traffic Commissioner Simon Evans has disqualified a haulage director for two years after he admitted using a magnet to tamper with the tachograph to hide driving during a daily rest period.
“The conduct complained of is patently unacceptable,” said Evans in a written decision. “The use of the magnet to conceal conduct undermines the rules designed to prevent driver fatigue, promote road safety and ensure fair competition in the industry.
“It is the case that the industry would be scandalised, if in the circumstances outlined, an operator were able to retain repute in such a case”.
The director said that he bought the magnet specifically to falsify driving hours.