Drivers hours app offering you best scenario suggestions.

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I have gone for testing this app in a big way by actually getting in a truck, in full time employment with a Felixstowe based container delivery company.  I am able to earn a wage driving the truck while really putting the app through its paces and trying to trip it up.  The company is a really nice company and I can see it working long term too.

While we did send the beta version out to ten testers in mid 2013, the return of information from them was not very consistent and many fell away within a short space of time.  A few dedicated people  did send back some very important feedback but soon became frustrated with the many niggling issues that the app’ still had.  So, I am out on the road myself in a real scenario to prove it’s worth and able to test it fully for re-release to the testers in a more solid state.  A couple of other drivers are also running with the app’ and I must say it’s been very handy indeed – even for me with limited knowledge to have a solid state logging system beside me.  I must thank Tom B and Matt H for their ongoing support and results, frustration and open honesty at times!

So if you’re a haulage company who is an existing customer of mine with one of my websites and see any tweets and updates about me delivering containers all over the south, don’t worry I am still making the websites and supporting my existing customers, but earning a wage while developing my app at the same time!

Thanks for reading and your interest in the app’ to follow me personally on Twitter @proctorandy or the app account for Ask Simon and watch for it on iTunes in a few months.  I will of course update my blog in a few weeks when the full weekly and fortnightly testing has been proven.


We have finally got to the final testing stage for the Ask Simon app for the UK truck timer app that does so much more.  It’s this ‘so much more’ that has caused the delays with the release of the app’.  We needed to make sure that it is 100% before we send it out to a very critical market place – the UK truck driver.  The additional functions that do so much calculating with the scenarios that the app offers, has needed testing and feedback from an initial 10 testers.  This has been increased to a new batch of 10, so we have 20 testers at the moment, testing the app before we submit to iTunes.

Screen shot for Ask Simon Drivers Hours ToolWe can’t thank the people that have submitted the feedback to us, as this is invaluable for final delivery of the product.  Some have offered support and then not downloaded the app’ and this is a shame as we needed the support of everyone, that may have an input or influence to help us.  We really do appreciate all the support that the testers are giving us and we will be mentioning them on the credits of the app’.

We have made the submission of faults and suggestions easier with the development version;  We have added a temporary “Submit Feedback” button on the app’s home screen, so that faults and suggestions can be fed back when the driver finds them (and has stopped driving of course)

The developers have been struggling with the mapping function as this drains the battery, but we have moved to an alternative method and hoped this helps with the battery life issue.  Again, feedback has been invaluable with this.

So, look out for the development news on this blog or sign up to know when this is out on iTunes for your iPhone here or contact us for more information here and yes – we are getting excited!



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In the next 48 hours, 10 drivers and 4 office staff from the haulage industry will begin to test the new app for UK HGV drivers that are required to adhere to the UK tachograph rules.  The app will be tested for 2 weeks to prove the daily rest, weekly rest, twice weekly allowance and much more.  The app has some great features and a few that  cannot be replicated without the amazing coding, understanding and testing that has gone in to this app.

Ask Simon Screen Shot

The New Look Layout

The Ask Simon app can give you a list of scenarios to work with for your day, based on the remaining duty you have left and what would be most efficient for your time.  These have been tested, proven, broken and fixed many times over to get the Ask Simon app to the place it is today.  It’s more than just a tachograph counter and timer, it’s a real tool that does the job of the person Andy used to phone when he was in a truck, needing help with the law.  Now that Simon is not around any more, this app had to be developed and stands as great testament to Simon’s knowledge.

The development spans 915 files and nearly a half a million lines of coding with many developers with their own specific tasks all knitted together by some very clever methods to give us the app that a selected few have had access to.  We are very proud of what has been achieved and looking forward to the feedback from the Beta testers and their findings, suggestions and any faults before we release this.

If you want to know more, please like our Facebook Page at the bottom of our website or follow us on Twitter.  We will be publishing the URL for purchasing this app for the UK haulage driver soon and hope will you enjoy the rewards of the latest tool for you – the UK truck driver.  Thanks for reading this blog and so register here if you would like to be notified when this app is released.





Those of you that follow the Facebook and Twitter accounts will have seen our recent posts including -

“OK, we are excited and I did run around the office and out of the door (not with my shirt over my head as it’s cold). We have the screen shots for the app here in the office (yes, all over the walls for interrogation) and the developers have asked for my iPhone’s unique i.d. to send me a test version of the app very soon. Hold tight, it’s on it’s way and sorry for the delay. We are well on to delivering the iPhone app for the haulage industry that will pay for itself in the first week of use!”

The iPhone app developer account screenSo as you can see from the image here, we have the app on test on our iPhones and we are setting out our thoughts and early development changes for the app.  It’s looking very crisp and clear and exactly what Andy designed and had planned for the app with some extra features added by the developers.

I’m not sure who the fella with the googles is but it was the account we needed to sign up to, so that we can download the app before it is released to iTunes.

We have been asked for our feedback and thoughts on the flow and mechanics for the developers to make the first release for testing in March 2013.


We are sorry for the delay and promise this app will pay for itself in the first week of use!

Thanks for waiting and we are working very hard on this – We promise!  Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for more news as we are aware of it.

This week sees the implementation of design for the Ask Simon haulage app and the basic user testing of that design.

Bottom Right of the iPhone app Ask SimonWe have the mobile and backed designs and presentations tomorrow afternoon and of course this is very exciting.  We all get to see Andy’s designs become a live app on an iPhone screen.  We get to see the navigation, flow and the images as they should be on the app.

We contacted the media last week and pre-excited them about the app and as soon as we have the visuals confirmed, we will be sending out a press release to the relevant and chosen organisations and groups.  We can then, on the 12th, start the basic user testing of the approved design.  We are going to be sent a developer access to our own iPhones that will be testing the app as it will not be out on iTunes until it is submitted properly in it’s final form.


If you would like to be a user ‘test driver’ then please email Andy with why you feel you would be a good person for us to release the app to.  Email and we will see if your email gives us warrant as an authority to give us feedback as to the good and bad points about the app.

Yes, it’s on its way, the iPhone app for truck drivers in the UK.  I am sitting at my desk, waiting for the team to arrive this morning to start the development of the Ask Simon Haulage Support iPhone app for the UK truck drivers on the iPhone.  This tool, will initially come out on the iPhone, going out on Android in Q3 of 2013.

Today is our first development meeting after around a year of securing the right partners for the venture.  The actual release date has been set for the 12th December, if there are no changes and alterations.  Our iPhone developers are keen to see the UK truck drivers app succeed and we are sure the truck drivers community of Britain will make sure we are kept informed of its function, use, benefits and quirks.

If you would like to be a developing test partner, please email us why you would be of use to the project and why you would be interested in the Ask Simon Haulage Support iPhone app.


We have been asked “when the app will be coming out?”.  The simple answer is around December of 2013.

We know that we have to get it right and we are doing just that.  There is a need for the app for sure and there is nothing else like it, but as you can image this app is going to cost as much as most trucks, so we need to get it right.

Ben looking at an iPhone app on the dashThe Haulage Support iPhone app has to be the best, from the start, for all UK truck drivers to ensure a return on our investment.  We need the app to be able to do good for lorry and bus drivers, adding value to the product and this is exactly what we are going to do. We intend to have a corporate social responsibility with the app, providing funding for a haulage related support incentive and this will be released with the app.

If you are a UK truck or bus driver then this app on iPhone and Android is made for you and will aid you the driver, as well as supporting a worthy initiative that you can get involved in.


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