made tachographs mandatory throughout the European Union.
Responding to the widespread confusion caused by the new legislation, Novadata expanded its tachograph analysis service to include training in Drivers’ Hours Law, thereby becoming pioneers of transport training.
As part of the company’s 30 years celebrations, Novadata will pay homage to technological innovation by displaying the legendary Sinclair C5 at this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show to be held at the NEC Birmingham 24 – 26 April.
Novadata’s Sales Director, Bob Thompson says: "I’m a fan. Despite the C5’s failure to reach its perceived potential, it was way ahead of its time; you could even argue that it’s the forerunner of today’s electric powered vehicles. And how prophetic when you weigh up our present concerns about rising fuel costs and eco-friendly transport!
"There’s no doubt that Sinclair was a visionary. Notwithstanding that the C5 invoked ridicule for being powered by a washing machine engine (actually a fallacy), there was genuine respect for him in terms of what he was trying to do for personal transport. It wasn’t the right moment but it was the right idea; the technology of that period simply couldn’t support it."
MD, Derek Broomfield explains: "We lived through the big sea change that occurred in the logistics landscape caused by massive leaps in computer technology. The early eighties were a pivotal point. Few recognised back then just how much computer technology would impact on the transport industry. We did. Our longevity in the industry has enriched our knowledge and experience in ways that just can’t be learned. It is this understanding that informs all our training and support services."
Novadata will welcome visitors to its exhibition stands 2B69 and 2C69 at the CV Show. In addition to presenting the company’s current products, training portfolio and support services, Novadata will provide this unique and entertaining snapshot of the past along with a thought provoking glimpse of the future.
And so the BIG question on everyone’s lips! Will Bob be driving the C5 to the CV Show?
"I love its aerodynamic shape," he says. "But, with a top speed of just 15mph, lack of gears, no roof to keep me warm, no CD player, no radio the C5 has a few disadvantages! As for the strange steering circle – it’s massive, about two widths of a road. If Derek thinks I’m driving this all the way up to the NEC …"
Novadata will be exhibiting at the CV Show 2012 stand 2B69 and 2C69. Tickets are free www.cvshow.com