In January 2016 Ryder Avonmouth gained Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) approval to become an Approved Tachograph Centre (ATC), the first Ryder location to achieve this status. A tachograph is the digital vehicle in-cab recorder that tracks time, speed, and other driver activity to ensure compliance with driver hours of service legislation in the UK.
The approval was the result of many months work installing new equipment and a dedicated tachograph office, plus the training and qualification of two technicians.
“By making the investment to be able to calibrate tachographs in-house, means that we can control the entire process, rather than be reliant on an outside provider,” comments Bruce Howard, Ryder’s operations director. “This enables us to provide an enhanced service to our customers.”
Tachograph calibration compliments the other service offerings provided at Ryder’s Avonmouth location, which include MOT testing, servicing and repair work.
Initially, Ryder will carry out tachograph calibrations on their own contract hire and rental vehicles, but ultimately the service will be offered to retail maintenance customers as well.
Ryder Europe was established in 1971 and has grown through acquisition and organic development into a sizeable force in transportation with a fleet of more than 22,500 trucks and trailers. The European business focuses on commercial vehicle rental, contract hire and maintenance operating from 28 locations with dedicated delivery solutions operating across a further 23 locations.
Ryder Europe is part of Ryder System, Inc. a Fortune 500 provider of leading-edge transportation solutions worldwide, founded in Miami, Florida in 1933.