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"Who is the more foolish, the fool or the fool who follows him?" Obi-Wan Kenobi
Thanks for starting this Nige, I was really stuck for something to do in all that spare time I've got these days.
365 days? that's a whole year, right?
OK, let's see how it goes.
For anyone reading this who's not sure what it's about;
Our good (and slightly twisted) friend Nige has thought up another cracker.
Start a new blog and post a self portrait every day for the next 12 months. That's 365 posts, one a day, every day, without fail, of the same subject. Simple? yeah, right.
These other eejits are doin'it too! Join us!
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ID card week: "Spy in the cab"

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This is my digital tachograph card.
It replaced the old analog tacho-disks recently.
Now "they" can see everything, and I mean everything, that I do. Half a rotation of a wheel is enough to trigger a "driving" response so, for example, if you're on a break and you have to move up a couple of meters to make space for someone else, or say a better space becomes available and you want to move into it, you can't, basically. It would register that your rest period had been interrupted.
It measures driving hours and rest periods to the single minute and, in some countries, the police use that information to catch drivers out:
If you only took 44 minutes break instead of the statutory 45 then, according to the letter of the law, you didn't take any break at all.
If you couldn't make it into a parking bay on time and drove for 4hrs and 31 mins (4.5hrs being the max permitted continuous stretch) then you could be hit with the same penalty as if you'd driven for say 6 hrs straight.
If you started a new day after resting for 8hrs and 59 minutes then you've been working "round the clock" (that's why you sometimes hear on the news of commercial drivers having been driving "non-stop" for days and days. They haven't, usually)
The tachograph was brought in decades ago to put a stop to dangerous abuses of driving hours guidelines,
It's become a bureaucratic minefield of rules (and vague & varying interpretations of those rules) used to suck money out of professional driver's pockets.
Hammer the serious abusers of the driving hours regs, they're a danger to you, me and anyone else that gets in their way, but don't use it as a cash-cow.
28th Apr 2008, 09:30   | tags:,


the ass is a law.

28th Apr 2008, 10:16

nige says:

wow, i didn't realise these things were monitored so closely. so if you're delayed on the road, you don't get any leeway at all? what if you're stuck in a jam and miles away from the next stop?

28th Apr 2008, 10:47

JokerXL says:

That's where the "vague and various interpretation" comes in Nige.
The data is kept on the card for 28 days (and in the company database for 12 months) so if/when they check it and find a discrepancy like that you'd have to try and blag your way out of it (if you can remember the circumstances after all that time. Personally, I have trouble recalling what I did last week, let alone last month.

28th Apr 2008, 12:11

I go one of them

Don't think I have ever used it in anger ..

28th Apr 2008, 12:32

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