New digital tacho rules to prevent fraud

New digital tacho rules to prevent fraud

On Wednesday this week, the European Commission adopted a package of measures aimed at detecting and preventing abuses of the tachograph system.

The new legislation also permits the use of dedicated, type-approved adaptors for light vehicles that are required to comply with the Drivers' Hours and Tachograph rules.

Firstly, amendments to Directive 2006/22/EC, which deals with enforcement and checks of social rules relating to road transport activities, require Member States to develop dedicated equipment and software that can be used to analyse the data from the digital tachograph.

Secondly, a Commission Recommendation sets out best practice guidelines for national control authorities when carrying out checks of vehicles and the recording equipment, whether at the roadside, at company premises, or at workshops.

These measures will significantly improve the methods and procedures used by control authorities in detecting and preventing the use of devices intended to defraud the tachograph system, whilst at the same time keeping unnecessary delays and inconvenience to law-abiding operators and drivers to an absolute minimum.

Regulation (EEC) 3821/85, as amended in 2006, requires that digital tachographs be installed in goods vehicles and buses brought into service after May 1, 2006, that fall within the scope of the Drivers' Hours rules.

However, for some light vehicles (M1 and N1 class), it was technically impossible to install the equipment in such a way that it met all of its functional and security requirements. The new Commission Regulation now corrects this technical shortcoming by allowing the use of a dedicated, type-approved adaptor for these vehicles.

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