This short article examines the progress of new systems for recording the activities of a vehicle and its driver, that are likely to replace the tachograph. In 1993, the European Commission (EC) started preparing for a new tachograph regulation, to be proposed early in 1994. The new specifications will be adopted early in 1995 if agreement is reached after due consultation. Fitment of the new system to new vehicles will not occur before 1999, and there is not yet any agreement on retrofit. It seems that the new system will be based on linking a smart card unit to an existing tachograph, which would itself need modifying. The smart card would contain information about the driver, which would be sent to the tachograph at the beginning of a working day. During the day, information about driver and vehicle activities would be recorded on both tachograph and smart card. The smart card's memory can hold 28 days' data. The information from the smart card would regularly be downloaded to a computer, and the charts would be retained as a backup. Many details remain to be resolved. The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is pressing for the establishment of a technical protocol on using add-on smart card units, with operators permitted, rather than required, to use such equipment.

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    Freight Transport Association

    Hermes House, St. Johns Road
    Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 9UZ,   England 
  • Authors:
    • THOMAS, O
  • Publication Date: 1994-1


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 14
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 27
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: Freight Transport Association
    • ISSN: 0016-0849

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00665156
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Sep 9 1994 12:00AM