FAQ's

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How long is data stored on a digital tachograph?

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The vehicle unit (VU) holds approximately 365 days’ worth of data. Once the memory is full the oldest data is overwritten. In order to control and manage digital data stored in the VU you will need a company card, available from the DVLA.

Before operating a vehicle for the first time use the company card to “lock” in the data which will protect your information from other companies and allow the downloading of your data stored in the VU. Remember to lock out the data when a vehicle is sold on and you are no longer responsible for any data held in the VU.

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Q : When you see red flashing lights showing an “X” on a motorway can you still use the lanes? There always appear to be drivers in the lanes marked “X” so what is the legal perspective regarding this?

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A : Rule 258 in the highway code has recently been updated to clarify the position as follows:

If red lights flash on a signal and a red “X” is showing, you MUST NOT drive in the lane shown as closed beyond the signal. This applies until you pass another signal indicating that the lane is no longer closed, by displaying the word “End” or a speed limit sign and you are sure that it is safe to proceed.

If red lights flash on a signal in the central reservation or on the side of the road and lane closed sign is showing, you MUST NOT go beyond the signal in any lane.