17th September 2019

Tachograph Compliance - a Guide

An HGV driver is required under EU and AETR regulations to adhere to tachograph driving rules. Tachographs record information about driving time, speed and distance and are used to ensure that drivers and employers are obeying the rules on drivers’ hours. The rules are in place to enhance road safety, by counteracting inevitable driver fatigue. There are a number of factors involved when completing tachograph compliance; here is the SNAP guide:

Digital or Analogue

As experienced drivers will know, there are two types of tachographs - digital and analogue. For all commercial vehicles registered on, or after the 1st May 2006, they must be fitted with a digital device to guarantee they are tachograph compliant. The analogue tachograph is the old school version and is slowly dying out, with less drivers using the wax-coated charts and styluses to mark their speed, distance and activity.

The RHA’s Advice

The Road Haulage Association have outlined a number of requirements that must be met to assure tachograph compliance. They are as follows:

  • The tachograph instrument must be of an approved type.
  • The instrument must be calibrated and sealed at an approved tachograph centre.
  • The instrument must be used in accordance with the regulations, with individual responsibilities being observed by operator and driver.
  • Analogue tachograph charts approval number must match that of the tachograph head (’e’ number.)
  • Digital print out rolls must be of the correct quality and specification.

Extension to Digital Tachograph Vehicle Unit Download Limit

The maximum legal limit for downloading data from a digital tachograph vehicle unit increased from 56 days to the EU maximum of 90 days on 6th April 2015. This change was brought in to help operators and drivers who spend a lot of time away from base in their vehicles. In addition to adding the download to part of the inspection process for operators who have vehicle safety inspections at eight weeks or more intervals.

Most Common Tachograph Infringements

  • Not taking enough breaks during the working day.
  • Working more than the maximum 60 working hours a week.
  • Not enough daily rest.
  • Exceeding the daily drive limit.
  • Not enough weekly rest.

As truck drivers, how do you ensure that you stick to your tachograph compliance?

Josh Cousens | SNAP. 

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