Countless violations that have come to light during RSA inspections often lead to over-hasty action by companies. The only solution seems to be the exchange of tachographs in these cases, without really having examined the causes. Because a new device is not self-explanatory. And often the mistakes are somewhere else, as the entrepreneur believes.

The cause of the vast majority of infringements is, as a rule, not the tachograph but the lack of training of the drivers. Although compulsory training under the Professional Drivers Qualification Act is being carried out throughout the company, it is still often a nuisance. And because that is so, the focus in the selection of the provider is more on the price rather than on the quality address. The result is then in wrong or lack of knowledge in the field of load securing and dealing with the tachograph. Even today, there is a large number of drivers who cannot even create a printout from the control unit.

Instead of remedy this malady, it is better to buy new tachographs. The driver is not properly instructed in their operation. Driven by the hope that these are much easier to use and thereby eliminating the errors of their own accord, will continue even after the conversion as before. The supplement, at least for VDO, is the only thing that has changed compared to the old Tachos. And as discussed in other posts, even with this generation of tachographs, it is not enough to plug in the driver card and press “OK” 5 times. Here is regularly forgotten that there are many situations in which the working time does not begin with the insertion of the driver card. And such inputs can only be learned in extensive practical exercises.

In contrast to a pure tacho exchange, the entrepreneur with such a practical training also simultaneously fulfils his responsibility for the training and instruction of his drivers at the tachograph. Considering that a tacho exchange, including the then necessary tacho inspection like to cost around € 1,000, depending on the number of vehicles to be converted, the training a breeze against it. In addition, with the right training, two birds can be killed with one stone, as the saying goes. On the one hand the compulsory instruction in dealing with the tachographs and on the other hand also the necessary training according to the professional driver qualification law.

However, should the operator nevertheless decide to convert to new tachographs, it is strongly recommended to probe the devices on the market according to their own requirements? There are very interesting differences in terms of operation, the display of information for the driver and the options regarding company card settings.


Anyone wishing to get to grips with the violations of the relevant regulations by simply converting the vehicles to a new-generation tachograph thinks too soon. It is advisable to analyse the data beforehand by proDRIVERS a competent specialist who can immediately identify the causes of the infringements on the basis of the data. And before an exchange of tachographs, you should take the opportunity to let the differences of the device manufacturers by such a specialist to be demonstrated live and maybe even to operate the devices yourselves.