The Irish presidency of the European Union and European Parliament negotiators have informally agreed on specifications for a new generation of digital tachographs for trucks and buses to boost compliance with hours-of-service requirements.
Under the draft rules, smart tachographs would be fitted to new vehicles within three years, once the European Commission has set out the technical specifications, in order to end fraud and tampering and to ensure that rules apply fairly and equally to all trucks of more than 3.5 metric tons on EU roads. Within 15 years, they would have to be fitted, or retrofitted, to all EU-registered trucks and buses in international transportation.
Innovations include devices that can read on-board recording devices from a distance, which will make it easier to enforce driving and resting times. The devices should also reduce the number and duration of roadside checks.
“Parliament's main goal was to improve enforcement of social legislation and to verify that drivers and companies respect driving and resting times, so as to better protect drivers' working conditions and prevent social dumping,” said Silvia Ticau, who led the EP negotiating team, in a written statement.