The article reports discussions for a new European tachograph standard for trucks, and describes equipment being developed by the German company Kienzle for this purpose. A European Commission working party is currently examining detailed proposals to develop an electronic alternative to existing tachographs. Due to pressure from groups such as the Freight Transport Association (FTA), it has been very difficult to reach agreement on this new standard, but the working party is now close to tabling amended proposals. The new system will use on-board systems which will be used in conjunction with 'chip cards' (removable information storage devices) recording when each driver has been driving. Although the working party claims that the introduction of these driver cards will end many abuses of the present tachograph system, the FTA considers that the new system will not necessarily change the situation while enforcement still varies between different member states of the European Union. The current design of Kienzle's driver card has 8kB capacity, and records driving time, rest time, etc., for the required period of 28 days. In the event of a roadside check, it is possible to display the card's whole content to enforcement staff. Kienzle has also designed its truck instrument panel KIIFIS for use with its cards.

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  • Publication Date: 1996-2


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Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 30-1
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 29
    • Issue Number: 2
    • Publisher: Freight Transport Association
    • ISSN: 0016-0849

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  • Accession Number: 00723145
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jul 26 1996 12:00AM