RHA “wins change” on 28-day tachograph records rule

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The Road Haulage Association (RHA) writes that the UK Department for Transport has confirmed that block entries and attestation (evidence) forms will now be accepted by DVSA. The confirmation comes after the RHA highlighted the challenges lorry drivers face meeting the regulation that requires 28 days of driving records to be kept.

RHA “wins change” on 28-day tachograph records rule
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In a statement on its website, the RHA said the change is welcome given the “inability of some tachos to accept more than 14 days manual entries and other issues with DVSA’s previous approach.”

However, as the RHA explains, it is limited to fixed week only. Therefore, the RHA stresses that if any in-scope driving is done in any week, then a full daily record is required for all activity in that week.

According to the RHA, drivers “other activities” can be recorded using the following:

  • Manual inputs on a digital/smart tachograph; or
  • Making a manual record on an analogue tachograph disc or printout paper.
  • Attestation (evidence) form, using the template at: Form of attestation of activities (europa.eu).
  • Further details of the changes and how to use them can be found here.

Commenting on the confirmation from the Department for Transport, Richard Smith, RHA Managing Director, said:

“This is a welcome step to deal with a bureaucratic mismanagement of monitoring driver rest and breaks. We can, and should, do more to make compliance with the rest and recording of time rule for commercial drivers easier. RHA will continue to push the UK government for change to the legislation to remove some of the administrative burden, especially for occasional drivers.”


Photo: selbst, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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