35 Years Service in Transport Stationery

136,500 minutes!

That is 35 years of 15 minute Walk Around Checks

35 Years Service in Transport and Tachograph StaioneryGB TachoPak, the Premier Supplier of Transport Industry Stationery, have been with you, every step of the way.

Love it or loathe it, the 15 minute walk around check is a necessary part of a drivers life, and we have been supplying the stationery to make that job as pain free as possible, for you for 35 years.

35 years of experience, knowledge and expertise  goes into revising and updating all of the stationery you need to keep your business growing and you compliant.

There a three different types of 15 minute walk around check pad:

1. The LGV Drivers Defect Report Pad

For all classes of HGV vehicle, keeping your vehicles and drivers safe. and compliant. You can order yours here >>


The PSV Drivers Defect Report Pad

For all classes of PSV vehicle, keeping your coaches, buses and drivers safe and compliant.

You can order yours here >>


The VAN Drivers Defect Report Pad.

If you have a van you need to be filling out one of these every day and/or new driver.

You can order your Van Defect Report Pads Here >> 

When GB TachoPak started providing stationery for the transport industry, in 1980 there was:

  • The new Vauxhall Astra replaced the Vauxhall Viva
  • British Leyland sold MG Cars to Aston Martin Lagonda
  • Alton Towers opened
  • Inflation rose to 21.8%
  • John Lennon was shot dead in New York
  • The average wage was £6000 pa, a litre of petrol cost 28p, a pint of beer cost 35p a loaf of bread 33p

VehoCheck: Daily road worthiness inspections

VehoCheck provides an efficient, cost effective solution for company drivers to conduct their daily road worthiness inspections, record the outcomes and ensure compliance in line with the DVSA guidelines.The VehoCheck dashboard for the transport manager offers in depth real-time reporting down to a granular level of vehicle inspections, common defects and the regularity of checks.

Information can be recalled instantly to satisfy any roadside authority inspection or depot visit.

For more information >>

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The End of the Paper Driving License – where to go from here

logo_smartlicence_page_headerFrom June 2015, the paper part of your drivers licence is no longer valid.

Essential information was held on the paper license, including points, bans etc.

This information is vital to the Transport Manager, to be able to know who is entitled to drive the company’s vehicles.

All employers have a duty of care to ensure any employee that is required to drive on behalf of the company is correctly licensed and entitled to drive.

MORE? » SmartLicence is a licence checking system that runs with SmartAnalysis.

A visual driving licence check once a year is not enough. Things can change very quickly and licence details should be verified with DVLA at least twice a year.

On high risk drivers, you can have an update every month.

According to statistics from DVLA:

  • 22% of drivers are using out of date documents
  • 1 million drivers in the UK are just 3 points away from a disqualification
  • Around 250,000 drivers are disqualified every year.

SmartLicence is a comprehensive online tool for managing driving licences and verifying the licence details with the DVLA. SmartLicence allows you to assess the risk of licensed drivers and conduct regular checks with the DVLA in accordance with that risk. SmartLicence provides a historical log of checks and any changes to the licence details demonstrating to the authorities that you have systems and processes in place to ensure staff are licensed to drive. As with Smartanalysis your data is secure, managed in accordance with ISO27001, backed up and always available wherever you have internet access.

Once set up the licence checks happen in the background. You will receive a report indicating which licences are due for a check and an opportunity to remove them so that you do not pay for drivers that no longer work for your organisation. SmartLicence also uses SmartAlerts to send you an automatic email alerts for issues that you may wish to take immediate action on.

For more information speak to our technical team at: 01472 210102

Your FREE Guide to Digital Tachographs

bnr-download-guide1Newly Updated …. GB Tachopak have a Free 5 page Guide to Digital Tachographs for you to download RIGHT NOW!! – It is in Adobe PDF format and answers many of your frequently asked questions about Digital Tachographs.

Your Digital Tachograph Questions are Answered

Find out what a Digital Tachograph is/does ~ what type of equipment and documents you need to consider and how to stay compliant with the road laws. Plus, information about and how to download and analyse Tachograph data smart cards.

» DOWNLOAD HERE (read online or download and print for later)
» Watch this Tachograph Simulator Demo

Smartanalysis: The Analogue & Digital Tachograph Analysis Software


Are you tachograph compliant? Find out how Smartanalysis for Tachograph Charts can help you comply with Driver’s Hours and the Working Time Directive…

What is Smartanalysis?

  • Smartanalysis is the industry-leading tachograph analysis and compliance management software.
  • Smartanalysis is used by many of the UK’s leading transport operators to safeguard compliance with drivers’ hours and working time regulations and much more.
  • Smartanalysis eliminates the burden of managing and controlling the process for safeguarding your compliance, leaving you with more time to focus on your business.

How Smartanalysis works

Smartanalysis is a cloud based tachograph analysis software service that can be accessed securely wherever you have an internet connection. (FREE REGISTRATION HERE)

You send us your tachograph data. We store the data on our secure servers and make the data, analysis, reports and tools available for you to use on the Smartanalysis web site. We have over 100 standard reports for you to choose from and they can be sent to straight to your email whenever you need them.

Get started by creating your Smartanalysis account and we’ll also supply you with Smartanalysis ‘digital downloader’ software to install on a PC in each of your depots. We can also supply you with scanners, smartcard readers and download devices to transfer your analogue and digital tachograph data to Smartanalysis in our shop.

Key facts about Smartanalysis

  • It is used to analyse over 1,300,000 tachograph records every month.
  • It is deployed in over 12,000 locations throughout the UK and Europe by over 20,000 registered users.
  • 6 out of the top 10 road transport companies by turnover (FY 2010) use Smartanalysis.
  • It is suitable for all HGV and PCV fleets – large and small.
  • It provides seamless analysis of both analogue and digital tachograph data.
  • It is cost effective. You only pay for the driver data you submit, no charge for VU downloads.
  • Your data is secure yet accessible any time, any place by authorised members of your staff.
  • Over 100 standard reports are available online or emailed to you.
  • Smartanalysis includes powerful tools to manage your infringements down.
  • It is fully supported and will ensure your compliance now and in the future by accommodating changes in legislation and tachograph hardware.

HGV Road User Levy becomes Law

The HGV Road User Act has become law meaning all LGV’s weighing more than 12 tonnes will be charged up to £1000 a year to use UK roads from April 2014.  The charge applies to both UK based vehicles as well as foreign vehicles.

Charges will be determined by vehicle type, weight and number of axles with UK vehicles being banded according to their current VED bands.

To make the scheme as cost neutral as possible for UK hauliers, the government are due to reduce VED accordingly and grants for vehicles with reduced pollution certificates will be introduced.

Driver CPC needed to take vehicle for Annual Test


VOSA and the DSA have announced that mechanics who are taking a vehicle for its annual test will require a Driver CPC.  However, if only taking for a road test it will not be required.

This has come as a shock to the industry which had not been prepared to put mechanics though the required 35 hours of training.

Driver CPC requires all professional bus, coach and lorry drivers to complete a minimum of 35 hours periodic training every five years for as long as they wish to continue to drive professionally.

If you are a bus or coach driver and held your vocational licence (D, D1, DE, D1E) prior to 10 September 2008 you have acquired rights until 9 September 2013.

If you are a lorry driver and held your vocational licence (C, C1, CE, C1E) prior to 10 September 2009 you have acquired rights until 9 September 2014. To keep your Driver CPC and continue driving professionally beyond this date, you will need to complete 35 hours of periodic training (register).

On completion, drivers will receive a Driver Qualification Card: 

This card, along with the drivers digital tachograph card needs to be carried with the driver at all times.  Make storage simpler with a double card holder and lanyard available to purchase online or by telephone.

HGV licences only valid for five years from January 2013

The European Union Third Directive on driving licences came into force on January 19th 2013. Vocational driving licences issued on or after 19th January 2013 will be valid for a maximum of five years, irrespective of the age of the licence holder.  Every five years up to age 45, vocational category holders will be required to sign a declaration to show they still meet the medical standards they met when the licence was first granted.

For existing drivers, the new rules will apply when they next renew their driving licence, or when they renew their lorry and/or bus entitlement, whichever is the earlier.

Keep your licence safe with a double card holder and lanyard available to purchase online or by telephone.

A New Generation of Tamper-proof Tachographs

Magnet-resistant tachographs must now be fitted to all newly registered vehicles that require a tachograph.  The move is the latest phase of the European Commission programme to improve the recording and enforcement of driving time and rest periods.

Operators can continue to use existing digital or analogue equipment on vehicles registered before 1st October 2012.  For those registered afterwards, the new-generation tachographs are designed to be tamper-proof against cases of fraud that use simple magnets.

Future changes will also be seen with proposals to introduce a ‘smart’ tachograph by 2017-2018 and also enabling enforcement agencies to access information without stopping the vehicle.

» Digital Tachograph Card Readers

Do your Walkaround Vehicle Checks warns VOSA

918-lgv-defect-report-pad1VOSA have stated that 85% of issues found during roadside inspections should have been detected by the driver carrying out a proper walk-around inspection prior to taking the vehicle out on the road, or by noticing changes in the vehicle handling or behaviour whilst in use.

These common issues can result in fixed penalties or, in certain cases, endorsements being issued to the driver, a record of failing on the operators licence and changes to the operators OCRS (Operator Compliance Risk Score).

The most important element of carrying out these pre-use inspections is that they reduce accidents and incidents on our roads, they improve vehicle longevity and they save lives.

The drivers check is the final inspection before a vehicle hits the road.  It is an important one.  Make sure it is carried out correctly.

GB Tachopak are able to offer Daily Defect Report Pads containing the elements required for walk-around checks for both HGV and PCV.  The books can be purchased online http://www.tachopak.co.uk/tachograph-systems.shtml or by phoning our Sales Team on 01472 210102.

Virgo’s simulator introduction to tachographs

We were recently contacted by 13 year old Steve Virgo who describes himself as a ‘bus and coach enthusiast’ who’s hobbies include building a simulator dashboard. This immediately caught my attention and I was delighted to be able to help Steve with his request for some 125kph tachograph charts to use in his dashboard!

Steve has very kindly allowed me to show a video of his simulator in action http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlHZw60KkE8.  I will be happy to pass any comments or gems of advice onto our young enthusiast!

 Well done Steve!