The recently introduced DfT regulations that now require certain categories of vehicles to fall under HGV Operator licencing regulations have been ‘embraced with ease’ by Burman Plant, the volumetric concrete and plant hire specialists.
Starting with the 1st of September 2018, most volumetric concrete operators (mobile concrete batching plants), including Burman Plant, have been required to comply with EU driver’s hours and working time (WTD) rules.
“It was a bit daunting at first but TruTac quickly got us started with the new onboard hardware – which took less time to fit than a radio – and very soon we were able to tick all the right boxes to fall in line with compliance stipulations,” explained Director and founder Matt Burman.
On the 20th of May 2018 the Department for Transport (DfT) revised the rules regarding vehicle testing exemptions, which for Burman Plant meant a complete change of approach and several new compliance disciplines – where before there had been virtually none.
“Luckily, this was all packaged up for us by TruTac,” continued Matt. “We are using a range of software modules – TruControl; TruView; TruChecks; TruDriver and TruLocation – which make it easy for drivers and admin’ staff to implement and control. All the data comes straight from the vehicles via remote download to the computer – with no time wasting at the end of each shift. This of course saves time, keeps things accurate and provides us with all the key info we need, including drivers’ hours, infringements and general housekeeping.”
Each element of the system was explained to Burman Plant employees onsite, by a TruTac technician. Furthermore, TruTac created templates based on Burman Plant’s existing work patterns in order that the new software would exactly match their specific operational requirements.
“Knowing that all the info required by law is being properly monitored and recorded gives us great peace of mind. We may have been 12 years without tachographs etc., but already it feels like we are compliance experts,” concluded Matt.