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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.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 : Euro Ministers have reached a political agreement on the new regulation on the tachograph used in road transport. The general idea and new draft legislation, which will replace the 1985 tachograph regulation, is aimed at making fraud more difficult and to reduce the administrative burden by making full use of new technologies and introducing a number of new regulatory measures. As regards the use of technology, the current manual recording of the location of the vehicle will be replaced by automated recording through satellite positioning.
The “smart tachograph” will use new satellite-linked technology. It is hoped it will become mandatory probably in 2017 or 2018.
The UK.GOV website is a valuable resource for driving commercially in the UK. It that applies to you, you should visit this site frequently to keep yourself up-to-date on new rules and regulations that may affect your jobs or transport businesses.
This page : https://www.gov.uk/tachographs/overview is a good starting point for learning about Digital Tachograph usage and it’s legal rules. It includes PDF download guides and vital information on drivers hours, how to record them, store them and the smart analysis of tacho data.
USB Smartcard Reader [Code 202] : Enables you to easily download recorded tacho’ data such as speed, distance and driver activities from any driver card. These driver cards are personal to the driver, and are issued by the local country’s licensing authority (DVLA)
Software [Code 206] is also needed. The reader simply connects to a PC via a USB lead. The data will be is in an un-analysed format. That means these files are not ‘human readable’ as they contain the activity data in a special, tamper-proof, electronic format. The extra SoloPlus software will read, format and report on the saved data.
Tacho Data Analysis
Driver Data Cards MUST be downloaded and saved at least every 28 Days before any data on the card is overwritten. A vehicle operator will want to view and analyse their drivers’ activity to ensure that they are complying with various driving laws such as the Working Time Directive and Driver Hours law.
Recently a driver was jailed after falsifying his hours records 79 times. The RHA chief executive Geoff Dunning expressed his support for the custodial sentence of eight months handed to the truck driver who pleaded guilty to 79 offenses of creating false driving hours records.
Ipswich Crown Court had heard from VOSA that Jasvinder Arora, from Feltham, driving for Ocean Xpress Logistics, had driven for 24 hours without taking proper rest. VOSA had already warned the driver.
RHA Policy for “Safer operation and fairer competition in road haulage”
The RHA had previously called for mandatory prison sentences for those found guilty of falsifying their tachograph records as part of a broader compliance strategy paper, Safer operation and fairer competition in road haulage: