New regulations to strengthen enforcement of Tachograph rules

As expected and already promoted by the tachograph manufacturers, the introduction of the SMART tachograph will commence in 2019. This week the Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, Shane Ross TD, signed the European Union (Road Transport) (Working Conditions & Road Safety) Regulations 2017 which give full effect to Regulation (EU) No.165/2014 on tachograph in road transport.

Regulation (EU) No.165/2014 sets out obligations in relation to the construction, installation, use, testing and control of tachographs used in road transport.

These Regulations are essential to strengthen the continuous enforcement of key road safety rules that apply to trucks, larger commercial vehicles and buses. The Regulations also contain provisions relating to the implementation and enforcement of Regulation (EC) No. 561/2006 on the harmonisation of certain social legislation relating to road transport (driving time and resting times of drivers of large commercial vehicles and buses).

“These Regulations will strengthen the continued enforcement of key road safety rules that apply to larger commercial vehicles and buses and will see the introduction of the SMART tachograph in 2019. Tachograph fraud is becoming an increasing problem for the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána and it endangers all road users. Appropriate legal provisions are vital to deal with this issue. This includes powers to immobilise vehicles if deemed necessary,” commented Minister Ross.

The EU regulation also paves the way for the introduction of new SMART tachographs, which will periodically record a vehicle’s location via satellite technology and this new system will allow for remote monitoring by enforcement personnel who have the requisite equipment to interrogate the SMART tachograph to assess whether the vehicle concerned should be stopped for an enforcement check.  The new SMART tachograph is expected to come on stream from the manufacturers in June 2019.

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Source: Fleet Transport