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Tachograph Offences

Tachograph offences can be fatal to your vocational licence and your ability to keep driving. Not only can you be fined or even imprisoned, but the Traffic Commissioner can also suspend or revoke your licence. At Cartwright King, we understand that mistakes can be made and that everyone has a right to a fair trial. If you are facing an allegation of committing a tachograph offence, it is in your best interests to get in touch with a knowledgeable, expert transport solicitor as soon as possible.  We promise to advise and, if necessary, represent you throughout the entire legal process. Our nationwide presence in 18 regional offices means that we are available to represent you anywhere in the country.

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Our specialist Transport team are here to help. We can provide a free  initial telephone consultation  to discuss your case and identify the best way of dealing with the allegations. In many cases we will meet you for a free no-strings discussion on the best way forward. Call us on 0808 168 5550 or email


Our charges are based on a fixed-fee arrangement so that you know exactly how much you will have to pay before we start work. You can also pay by stage-payments, allowing you to spread the cost over the life of your case.

Tachograph offences and the law

Large Goods Vehicles (LGV’s) with a gross vehicle weight of more than 3.5 tonnes or Passenger Carrying Vehicles (PCV’s) able to carry over eight people must by law have a tachograph fitted. European Regulations mean that, drivers of LGV’s and PCV’s must abide by strict rules covering driving time, breaks and rest periods. 

What are the consequences?

It is a criminal offence to not have a tachograph installed or to deliberately falsify its records and depending on the circumstances, the sentence could be severe. The punishments include:

  • A fine of up to £2,500 – For breaching the EU Regulations on driving  times, breaks and rest periods. 
  • A fine of up to £5,000 – For tachograph offences.
  • A prison sentence of up to 10 years – For the deliberate falsification of  records. 

Conviction for a tachograph offence may mean serious regulatory implications for both operators and drivers, including disciplinary action by the Traffic Commissioner at a Driver Conduct Hearing and, in serious cases, the suspension or loss of a licence. 

Who are the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)?

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is the UK Agency responsible for the regulation of Operators and drivers of LGV’s and PCV’s. They were formerly the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA). The Traffic Commissioners set and enforces the standards for Operators and drivers; the DVSA regulates, monitors and investigates the industry by operating the driving test and MOT schemes, by the use of targeted and random roadside checks (‘encounters’) and by the use of inspection visits to Operator premises.

How we can help   

We are recognised as one of the UK’s leading specialist Road Transport law firms with a national network of expert Road Transport lawyers operating from 18 offices across the country. All of our lawyers are CPC or LGV qualified as so understand have a first-hand and detailed knowledge of the  industry and of driving for a living. We understand that technical faults can occur; that tachographs go wrong; that deadlines have to be met or that sometimes mistakes can be made. Our Transport Solicitors are there to argue your case and advise you throughout the entire process of investigation, court hearing and Traffic Commissioner’s Driver Conduct Hearing. 

Why Choose Us?

At Cartwright King, our expert Transport Solicitors understand the stress and worry being accused of a tachograph offence can cause; we also understand the potential long term consequences for you, your business and your future earning-potential. We are available to support you throughout the entire process, explain the likely outcomes and fight on your behalf.

How to make contact

If you require any legal advice or if you would like a no obligation, free initial telephone discussion, then please call us on 0808 168 5550 or email the Transport team on and one of our lawyers will get back to you .

We are able to provide advice and representation across the country and are happy to meet at a time and location that suits you. We have a network of offices in BirminghamBedfordDerbyLeedsLeicesterLondon TempleManchesterMiddlesbroughNorthamptonNottingham and Sheffield.

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