Make a note in your diary because in 2016 new regulations on tachographs will enter into force. The provisions of Regulation n. 165 of the 4th February 2014 in relation to the digital tachograph will be rolled out in two parts: the first part on the 2nd March 2015 and the second part on the 2nd March 2016. It is our responsibility to ensure we comply with the regulation but it is nonetheless appropriate to be informed in advance to examine all aspects in depth and be prepared and up to date with the changes.
The specific articles that entered into force in March 2015 were Article 24 on the authorisations issued by Member States to installers, garages and builders to work on tachographs, Article 34 on the use of driver cards and record sheets and Article 45 on the possibility of exemption from the provisions on driving and rest times.
The other provisions, which contain news most relevant to road haulage companies and their drivers, will be introduced next year when new regulations on the introduction of “intelligent tachographs” will enter into force and their main functions which must be installed on vehicles registered 36 months after the regulations have entered into force.
Intelligent tachographs will have a satellite navigation system that will allow users to record their position and travel times and will be fitted with a remote communication system for data transmission with the control authorities and an interface for interaction with intelligent transport systems. Companies must also demonstrate that they have provided training to drivers on the correct use of the tachograph.
The legislation also provides for many new features regarding the issue of the driver card, and their theft or loss.