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Find out what a Digital Tachograph is/does ~ what type of equipment and documents you need to consider and how to stay compliant with the road laws. Plus, information about and how to download and analyse Tachograph data smart cards.
Smartanalysis is the industry-leading tachograph analysis and compliance management software.
Smartanalysis is used by many of the UK’s leading transport operators to safeguard compliance with drivers’ hours and working time regulations and much more.
Smartanalysis eliminates the burden of managing and controlling the process for safeguarding your compliance, leaving you with more time to focus on your business.
How Smartanalysis works
Smartanalysis is a cloud based tachograph analysis software service that can be accessed securely wherever you have an internet connection. (FREE REGISTRATION HERE)
You send us your tachograph data. We store the data on our secure servers and make the data, analysis, reports and tools available for you to use on the Smartanalysis web site. We have over 100 standard reports for you to choose from and they can be sent to straight to your email whenever you need them.
Get started by creating your Smartanalysis account and we’ll also supply you with Smartanalysis ‘digital downloader’ software to install on a PC in each of your depots. We can also supply you with scanners, smartcard readers and download devices to transfer your analogue and digital tachograph data to Smartanalysis in our shop.
Key facts about Smartanalysis
It is used to analyse over 1,300,000 tachograph records every month.
It is deployed in over 12,000 locations throughout the UK and Europe by over 20,000 registered users.
6 out of the top 10 road transport companies by turnover (FY 2010) use Smartanalysis.
It is suitable for all HGV and PCV fleets – large and small.
It provides seamless analysis of both analogue and digital tachograph data.
It is cost effective. You only pay for the driver data you submit, no charge for VU downloads.
Your data is secure yet accessible any time, any place by authorised members of your staff.
Over 100 standard reports are available online or emailed to you.
Smartanalysis includes powerful tools to manage your infringements down.
It is fully supported and will ensure your compliance now and in the future by accommodating changes in legislation and tachograph hardware.
The HGV Road User Act has become law meaning all LGV’s weighing more than 12 tonnes will be charged up to £1000 a year to use UK roads from April 2014. The charge applies to both UK based vehicles as well as foreign vehicles.
Charges will be determined by vehicle type, weight and number of axles with UK vehicles being banded according to their current VED bands.
To make the scheme as cost neutral as possible for UK hauliers, the government are due to reduce VED accordingly and grants for vehicles with reduced pollution certificates will be introduced.
VOSA and the DSA have announced that mechanics who are taking a vehicle for its annual test will require a Driver CPC. However, if only taking for a road test it will not be required.
This has come as a shock to the industry which had not been prepared to put mechanics though the required 35 hours of training.
Driver CPC requires all professional bus, coach and lorry drivers to complete a minimum of 35 hours periodic training every five years for as long as they wish to continue to drive professionally.
If you are a bus or coach driver and held your vocational licence (D, D1, DE, D1E) prior to 10 September 2008 you have acquired rights until 9 September 2013.
If you are a lorry driver and held your vocational licence (C, C1, CE, C1E) prior to 10 September 2009 you have acquired rights until 9 September 2014. To keep your Driver CPC and continue driving professionally beyond this date, you will need to complete 35 hours of periodic training (register).
On completion, drivers will receive a Driver Qualification Card:
This card, along with the drivers digital tachograph card needs to be carried with the driver at all times. Make storage simpler with a double card holder and lanyard available to purchase online or by telephone.
The European Union Third Directive on driving licences came into force on January 19th 2013. Vocational driving licences issued on or after 19th January 2013 will be valid for a maximum of five years, irrespective of the age of the licence holder. Every five years up to age 45, vocational category holders will be required to sign a declaration to show they still meet the medical standards they met when the licence was first granted.
For existing drivers, the new rules will apply when they next renew their driving licence, or when they renew their lorry and/or bus entitlement, whichever is the earlier.
Magnet-resistant tachographs must now be fitted to all newly registered vehicles that require a tachograph. The move is the latest phase of the European Commission programme to improve the recording and enforcement of driving time and rest periods.
Operators can continue to use existing digital or analogue equipment on vehicles registered before 1st October 2012. For those registered afterwards, the new-generation tachographs are designed to be tamper-proof against cases of fraud that use simple magnets.
Future changes will also be seen with proposals to introduce a ‘smart’ tachograph by 2017-2018 and also enabling enforcement agencies to access information without stopping the vehicle.
VOSA have stated that 85% of issues found during roadside inspections should have been detected by the driver carrying out a proper walk-around inspection prior to taking the vehicle out on the road, or by noticing changes in the vehicle handling or behaviour whilst in use.
These common issues can result in fixed penalties or, in certain cases, endorsements being issued to the driver, a record of failing on the operators licence and changes to the operators OCRS (Operator Compliance Risk Score).
The most important element of carrying out these pre-use inspections is that they reduce accidents and incidents on our roads, they improve vehicle longevity and they save lives.
The drivers check is the final inspection before a vehicle hits the road. It is an important one. Make sure it is carried out correctly.
We were recently contacted by 13 year old Steve Virgo who describes himself as a ‘bus and coach enthusiast’ who’s hobbies include building a simulator dashboard. This immediately caught my attention and I was delighted to be able to help Steve with his request for some 125kph tachograph charts to use in his dashboard!
NEWS: The Swedish Transport Agency (Transportstyrelsen) has awarded a contract to Morpho (Safran) for the production of secure drivers’ licenses and digital tachograph cards that record the driving and rest times of truck and bus drivers.
The new licenses and tachograph cards integrate new security features to comply with current European Union standards. They also add extra protection against document fraud.
Sweden started issuing the licenses this past January. It will introduce the new digital tachograph cards later this year.
This is not Morpho’s first project with the Swedish government. It has also installed a criminal ID system that’s now being upgraded with new biometric technology