Skills selects TruTac for compliance

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Nottingham-based Skills Group says it has reduced driver infringements and improved staff working time control since switching to TruTac’s CPT accredited tachograph analysis and HR management software.

TruTac’s CPT Tacho Analysis and TruTime are web-based software products which manage tachograph analysis and working time for drivers and employees. The CPT (Confederation of Passenger Transport) closely worked with TruTac to develop the specific CPT Tacho Analysis software, based on the PSV 375 rule set.

According to Skills, CPT Tacho Analysis has made tachograph management, driver debriefing and compliance reporting faster, more accurate and easier to control. In addition, with fully automated email reporting, the company said it can now manage drivers’ hours and driver debriefing more efficiently.

“Since our drivers started using the TruTac app,” said Group Compliance Manager Paul Harper, “they have been able to head off infringements because they can clearly see their own driving records, plus we have no backlog at the end of the month. Also, being able to do driver debriefings electronically and with remote downloading of data, we have gone paperless which, during the pandemic, has been a big help. In the back-office,” added Paul, “TruTac’s time and attendance system, TruTime, has helped to save time and reduce labour costs by accurately recording staff movements – using digital tachograph driver cards or employee smart cards – while also providing ‘clocked’ versus tacho’ start and end times.”

TruTac explained that the system was designed to allow fleet operators and HR departments to manage and monitor all their driver and personnel activities in one place. Functions include detailed lead-in and lead-out reports, driver CPC hours management, holiday requests and clocking facilities for remote workers. Clocking can also be done via the app which is also geo-located for accurate location control.

Paul added: “In addition to ensuring all driver hours keep with the WTD regulations, TruTime reduces administration at Skills while capturing manual duties, managing holidays, conducting roll calls, amending clockings and providing full audit information if a clocking is amended. It’s a huge benefit to the daily business operation.”

“Even our engineers and cleaners use it,” he continued. “Most staff routinely use their digi or clock cards without giving it a second thought, because the system is non-intrusive and so easy to use. It keeps a close eye on WTD (Working Time Directive) stipulations and makes sure that the permitted 15-minute interlude is not exceeded. TruTac’s software does all the donkey work. It’s intuitive, saves time and helps keep us compliant into the bargain.”

Skills was founded in 1919 and is now run by brothers Nigel Skill, Group Chairman and Simon Skill, Financial Director, alongside Pete Hallam, Operations Director. TRUTAC