Proposal for a regulation
The European Commission proposed on 19 July 2011 to revise the tachograph legislation to make fraud more difficult and reduce the administrative burden, which is expected to save companies €515 million per year. By ensuring better compliance with rules on driving times and rest periods, drivers will be better protected and fair competition will be assured. The current legislation needs updating to make full use of new technological opportunities like satellite positioning.
- Proposal for a regulation amending Council Regulation (EEC) No 3821/85 on recording equipment in road transport and amending Regulation (EC) No 561/2006 of the European Parliament and the Council
- Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions: Digital Tachograph: Roadmap for future activities
- Impact assessment [429 KB]
- Summary of the impact assessment [60 KB]
- Press release: Road transport: new tachograph rules will save companies more than €500 million per year [IP/11/903, 19/07/2011]
- FAQ on the proposal to modify Council Regulation (EEC) No 3821/85 on tachographs [MEMO/11/523, 19/07/2011]
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 [208 KB] , that the new specifications in Commission Regulation (EU) No 1266/2009 applies 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.
Commission decision of 7.6.2012 authorising the United Kingdom to grant exemptions from the application of Article 3(1) of Council Regulation (EEC) No 3821/85 on recording equipment in road transport [19 KB]
Detailed questions on the implementation of the recording equipment can be addressed to the Helpdesk on Digital Tachograph