JOINT STATEMENT BETWEEN ROYAL MAIL LOGISTICS AND THE CWU – PROFESSIONAL DRIVERS DIGITAL TACHOGRAPH CARD DOWNLOAD FREQUENCY
Branches and representatives will be aware that every driver who operates any ‘in-scope’ vehicle (over 3.5 tonnes) is legally required to accurately record their activities, retain records and produce them on demand to transport authorities.
As part of this process the driver possesses a digital tachograph card, which must be inserted into the vehicle tachograph head at the beginning of each driver’s duty and removed at the end. The software will then record all the drivers’ activities.
The department was recently approached by Logistics in relation to standardising the approach to be adopted for Professional Drivers downloading their Digital Tachograph Cards. The business’ position was that there was concern as different approaches in relation to this activity were being adopted.
Following discussions it has therefore been jointly agreed that going forward in order to ensure all drivers are compliant with legislation, Royal Mail and Agency drivers must now download their drivers’ card (digital tachograph card) at the start of their duty, before vehicle keys are issued.
A Joint Statement has therefore been concluded, which is attached for information.
The change in policy from an end of shift download is designed to standardise the process across the fleet and is not being introduced as, or will be used as, a disciplinary tool or for day to day performance management processes. Equally, it will not be used to enhance the ability of managers, on the evidence available, to take disciplinary action.
The new policy will be introduced from Monday 3rd June 2019 and further communications will be sent out via Logistic comms and shared with the ADC’s to assist with the change of policy.
It has been agreed that the change of policy will be jointly reviewed after three months with the Network Working Group to monitor the impact of the change.
Any enquiries in relation to this LTB should be addressed to Davie Robertson, Assistant Secretary, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com quoting reference number: 202.15