The Digital Tachograph and the Smart Tachograph are recorders of the professional drivers’ activities (rest and driving hours). They provide trustworthy information to EU enforcers controlling compliance with Social Regulation (EC) No 561/2006.
They were introduced to:
- Increase road safety, by controlling the activity of the drivers (limiting daily driving hours)
- Ensure minimum working conditions standards for professional drivers
- Guarantee fair competition between EU transport companies
In order to fulfil these objectives the digital tachograph requires a motion sensor paired with it and smartcards which are used to control secure access to the device and its data for drivers, law enforcers, companies and
Smart tachographs are the new generation of on-board mandatory digital recorders to enforce the EU legislation on professional drivers driving and resting times (social regulation). The new features make full use of advanced digital technologies such as satellite positioning and short-range communication for road enforcers. It will allow automatic recording of start and final location of journeys and will also enable remote access to some tachograph data via wireless data transmission to control authorities.
The new legislation can be found here: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?qid=1468399756621&uri=CELEX:32016R0799
The amendment to this legislation can be found here: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?qid=1524124831090&uri=CELEX:32018R0502
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