New regulation will allow use of latest technology in tackling fraud and misuse.
The Irish Presidency has secured agreement with the European Parliament on a new Tachograph Regulation which provides for the development and deployment of a “smarter” tachograph device for recording driver hours. Among other things, the new Regulation will provide for a tachograph allowing automatic recording of the location of the vehicle at certain points by satellite technology, remote communication for control purposes and interface with external devices like intelligent transport systems.
Minister Varadkar: This is a good result for the European road haulage sector in terms of addressing fraud, ensuring better working conditions and promoting greater levels of safety in the sector
Agreement comes after intensive negotiations over the last number of months between the Council, Commission and the European Parliament, which were led by Ireland as President of the Transport Council. Minister Varadkar expressed satisfaction at the outcome, “This is a good result for the European road haulage sector in terms of addressing fraud, ensuring better working conditions and promoting greater levels of safety in the sector.”
Note to editors:
The tachograph device is used in the haulage sector to record driving hours. It helps professional drivers avoid over long driving hours which cause fatigue and accidents. The new smart tachograph will help prevent fraud and misuse of the existing tachograph system and at the same time make it more efficient by making full use of new technologies.
The smart tachograph will record location data using global navigation satellite systems, enable remote communication with roadside enforcement officers and have a universal interface to communicate with applications of intelligent transport systems used by the transport operators. The regulation proposal also introduces higher standards for workshops authorised to install and calibrate the tachograph, electronic exchange of data between national enforcement authorities, provisions on the training of control officers and exceptions from the obligation to use tachographs for certain users within a uniformly extended radius (100 km ** distance to be confirmed).
On July 2011 the European Commission presented its proposal for a revision of Tachograph Regulation, which dates back to 1985. The final regulation introduces a number of new measures:
1.- Measures which will substantially widen the functionalities of the digital tachograph, leading to a new type of digital tachographs (called smart tachograph) allowing the remote communication from the tachograph for control purposes, the automated recording of precise location through GNSS, and integration of digital tachograph with other Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) applications.
2.- Measures strengthening the legal framework for the approval of workshops and prevention of conflicts of interest
3. Common requirements for Member States for training of their control officers