The introduction of mandatory smart tachographs will help with drivers’ hours compliance

Earlier this year, road transport operators saw the biggest change in tachograph regulation in more than 12 years: the mandatory introduction of smart tachographs in all new vehicles. Tachographs record the driving time, breaks, rest and any other work undertaken by a driver; it is a legal requirement for nearly all heavy goods and passenger vehicles to be fitted with such a device.

Enforcement agencies across Europe face a constant battle against those who try to compete unfairly by breaking the drivers’ hours rules. The new tachographs are designed to ensure drivers are not driving beyond the legal maximum hours by making it very difficult for individuals to tamper with the devices. In the view of FTA, they herald a new era in the fight against lorry drivers driving when fatigued. The updated models have a host of new features, including increased security and a Global Navigational Satellite System, which takes a reading at the beginning and end of duty and every three hours of accumulated driving, in addition to a Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) capability.

As the voice of the UK logistics sector, FTA has developed a wide range of services to help keep industry members compliant with the drivers’ hours rules. This service is based on FTA’s own drivers’ hours rules engine, developed in-house and supported by industry legislation and policy experts. Through its shop website, FTA offers a full range of tachograph equipment, including the DigiDL, a product which automates the downloading of tachograph data. Downloading digital tachograph data is time consuming and costly; remote downloading allows a vehicle to automatically transmit data via WIFI or GPRS technologies, eliminating the need for manual intervention. In the case of the DigiDL, data is sent directly to FTA servers for analysis. In addition, FTA stocks a wide range of manual downloading tools and tachograph training aids, such as digital tachograph simulator cases and on-screen simulator USB sticks and Licences. These are all available to purchase here:

Efficient logistics is vital to keep Britain trading, directly having an impact on more than seven million people employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc.? A champion and challenger, FTA speaks to government with one voice on behalf of the whole sector, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers.   

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