Tachomaster, Road Tech Computer Systems’ tachograph analysis tool, has reached a milestone moment having analysed more than 173.5 million drivers card, chart and vehicle downloads since its launch 14 years ago and almost doubling the number of downloads in the past four years.

The Hertfordshire-based firm, which has its headquarters at Shenley Hall, launched Tachomaster in 2006 to target the introduction of the digital tachograph.

This week Tachomaster’s servers recorded that it had successfully analysed 173,656,087 drivers' card, chart and vehicle downloads since its launch. This compares to 90 million downloads just four years ago.

A Road Tech Computer Systems spokeswoman said: “We know how many drivers cards have been issued by the DVLA and we know how many have been seen by our servers, so the numbers are an exact science.”

Road Tech was launched by Derek Beevor, a former Army paratrooper and road haulier in 1984 after he became frustrated by the lack of software available to help run his 20-vehicle transport company.

Beevor combined his first-hand knowledge of the transport industry with the programming and design skills of a software developer, to create the Roadrunner transport management system.

The spokeswoman added: “Although Road Tech have been successfully writing and developing software systems, exclusively for the transport industry, since 1984 they launched Tachomaster in 2006, without it having a single customer.

“In 2005, with the imminent arrival of the digital tachograph, Road Tech saw an opportunity to completely revolutionise the tachograph market by writing a system that went way beyond compliance.

“Tachomaster was a completely new and innovative concept that utilised all the information held on the tacho head. This innovative approach meant that, for the first time, the road transport industry would benefit not only from instant live real time tachograph analysis, but detailed management information and reporting concerning its two most expensive assets, its vehicles and its drivers.”

Road Tech Computer Systems has kept the price of Tachomaster the same as it was at launch in 2006, despite adding improvements to the system, which now give customers reporting and systems integration with five other Road Tech systems.

Companies using Tachomaster range from major supermarkets, logistics providers, own account operators to bus and coach operators.