Smart Tachographs


Vehicles first registered on or after 15 June 2019 that require a tachograph will need to have a type 1C unit - also known as a smart tachograph. The new ‘Annex 1C’ compliant tacho aims to reduce administrative processes and digital tachograph tampering. The ‘smart tachos’ will use a GPS to record the start and end location of the drivers work and record every 3 hours of driving time. In order for operators to use the 1C tachos, they will need to update download tools and analysis software. Stopping vehicles to check the tachograph will no longer be necessary with enforcement officers being able to use short range devices to check tachos up to 190m away. Information recorded by the tachograph such as the most recent security breach attempt, whether the driver has a valid card and motion data errors will be transmitted. Drivers’ hours and break times will also be included to measure if the driver has exceeded daily driving limits. Drivers of vehicles which fail to have one fitted or have the wrong type of tachograph could face enforcement action. You can read more about the drivers hours rules, and the requirements for fitting tachographs here.

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