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Remote tachograph checks now taking place in Britain, DVSA confirms
Fot. Inspectie Leefomgeving en Transport (ILT)

Remote tachograph checks now taking place in Britain, DVSA confirms

The DVSA has confirmed that remote tachograph monitoring technology is currently being trialled in Britain. The equipment will allow the DVSA to identify tachograph violations when travelling alongside vehicles, or from the roadside.

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Gregor Gowans

Gregor Gowans

Journalist Trans.INFO

03.08.2022

The DVSA has confirmed that remote tachograph monitoring technology is currently being trialled in Britain. The equipment will allow the DVSA to identify tachograph violations when travelling alongside vehicles, or from the roadside.

Remote tachograph checks now taking place in Britain, DVSA confirms
Fot. Inspectie Leefomgeving en Transport (ILT)

The news was included in an official DVSA announcement titled “Detecting tachograph violations is getting easier,” which was published yesterday.

“We are exploring this technology to help keep Britain’s roads safe. It will mean we can identify many kinds of tachograph violations when travelling alongside vehicles, or from the roadside,” says the DVSA.

Britain is now the 5th European country known to be using the technology. In June, Denmark joined Germany, the Netherlands and Poland in deploying the equipment required for the checks.

Technically speaking, remote tachograph checks have been possible since mid-2019, when EU regulations were changed for introduction of 2nd-generation smart tachographs.

However, in practice, the use of this method requires the appropriate equipment to be designed and manufactured, and then procured by the relevant authorities. As result, some inspection authorities have not been able to conduct remote checks until recently.

In Poland, such inspections have been taking place since November 2021. Last summer, the German police also began testing equipment equipped with DSRC technology. They were quickly followed by the Dutch ILT road transport inspectorate (as seen in the above photo).

The DVSA’s statement on its use of remote tachograph checking technology concluded by warning drivers and operators that it is now easier for them to find violations.

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