Regulation (EEC) N° 3821/85 has been updated by Regulation (EU) N° 165/2014 which introduces different new features in the digital tachograph:
- better security mechanisms to make fraud more difficult and reduce the administrative burden, which is expected to save companies €515 million per year;
- an interface with the satellite navigation systems (GNSS), especially Galileo and EGNOS European GNSS Agency ;
- a remote communication facility to communicate the tachograph data to a police enforcer on the roadside when the vehicle is moving, thus avoiding unnecessary stops for checking;
- an ITS interface to link the tachograph with other ITS applications.
By ensuring better compliance with rules on driving times and rest periods, drivers will be better protected and fair competition will be assured.
The Commission shall adopt before March 2016 a Commission Regulation defining the new technical specifications for the "smart" tachograph, compliant with Regulation (EU) N° 165/2014.
Former generations of digital tachographs: Implementation of Commission Regulation (EU) No 1266/2009 on Digital Tachographs
Commission Regulation (EU) No 1266/2009 aims at modernising digital tachographs. This legislation contributes to better protection against fraud and to provide more accurate recording, and it requires Member States to use a common electronic data exchange system. The legislation is also expected to save the road transport industry millions of Euros each year by making the tachographs easier to use.
The Commission services clarified, in a letter dated 19 July 2010 , that the new specifications in Commission Regulation (EU) No 1266/2009 apply to all tachographs activated as from 1 October 2011. The letter also confirmed that field tests can be done before type approval of the new equipment on the basis of article 3 g) of Regulation (EC) 561/2006.
Field tests of new tachographs
The Commission has published a procedure to follow for manufacturers who want to proceed to a field test of new models of digital tachographs before their formal type approval. The relevant information can be found on the European Commission's Digital Tachograph website.
Measures to prevent fraud
In order to prevent the threat posed by the installation of devices intended to defraud the digital tachograph, the Commission adopted on 23 January 2009 a package of measures aimed at detecting and preventing abuses of the system. The package aims at improving the enforcement of the regulation . In particular, it provides better equipment for enforcement and guidelines to help police officers to prevent and detect the manipulation of Digital Tachographs.
Manipulating the tachograph is considered a very serious infringement. Sanctions leading to the loss of the Community licence and the right to operate a road transport undertaking are foreseen by Regulation (EC) No 1071/2009 on admission to the occupation of road haulage, to punish this practice.
Detailed questions on the implementation of the recording equipment can be addressed to the Helpdesk on Digital Tachograph
TACHOGRAPH FORUM - CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
The Commission is looking for experts to be part of the Tacograph Forum mentioned in Article 43 of Regulation (EU) No 165/2014.
Deadline for submission of applications is 31 March 2016.
Regulation (EU) No 165/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 February 2014 on tachographs in road transport, repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 3821/85 on recording equipment in road transport and amending Regulation (EC) No 561/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the harmonisation of certain social legislation relating to road transport
Commission Regulation (EU) No 1266/2009 of 16 December 2009 adapting for the tenth time to technical progress Council Regulation (EEC) No 3821/85 on recording equipment in road transport (OJ L339, 22/12/2009, page 3)
Council Regulation (EC) No 2135/98 of 24 September 1998 amending Regulation (EEC) No 3821/85 on recording equipment in road transport and Directive 88/599/EEC concerning the application of Regulations (EEC) No 3820/84 and (EEC) No 3821/85
Policy and other related documents
Euro Côntrole Route - Group of national road control authorities collaborating to improve the quality of enforcement