The ‘Smart’ tacho comes onstream

Last week (15 June 2019) saw the mandatory introduction of ‘smart tachographs’ (Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/799 – Annex 1C) in all new vehicles. This has been heralded as being one of the most significant changes in tachograph regulation in more than 12 years.

The new version of the tachograph, known as the ‘Smart Tacho’ or ‘Generation 2 Tacho (Gen2)’ will add additional features for improved driver activity records. All new trucks, coaches and buses will have the new ‘Smart Tacho’ device fitted and installed as standard.

One of its most important new features is satellite positioning data. The new devices will take a GPS reading at the start and end of duty and for every three hours of accumulated driving. Other security features include a new Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) interface; sealing requirements; and Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC).

Currently, it is estimated that tachograph devices are fitted to six million trucks and buses throughout the EU. The Tachograph was originally designed to allow a driver’s activity to be monitored to create safe working conditions, prevent fatigue and protect public safety.

The new ‘Smart Tacho’ has been designed to improve efficiency and reduce the administrative burden on the transport industry (covering both goods and passenger vehicles). It will also eliminate the most severe forms of tampering and help reduce driver infringements.

Microlise has prepared for the introduction of Gen 2 ‘Smart’ Tachographs, to provide our customers with the necessary firmware updates to help ensure a smooth transition in the use of our Remote Tacho Download product across the new technology. Having a digital tachograph makes life easier for management and drivers alike, by removing the administration of manually collecting tacho data. The Microlise module enables remote tacho download and the secure collection of information on a regular basis, wherever vehicles are located, so that it can be sent straight to your tachograph analysis provider.