The European Commission wants to revise tachograph legislation to make full use of new technological opportunities such as satellite positioning.
The Commission says the changes will make fraud more difficult and reduce the administrative burden on haulage firms and 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, road safety increased and fair competition assured, according to the Commission.
Six million European trucks and busses are equipped with tachographs in order to enable the control of compliance of professional drivers and transport undertakings with the social road transport legislation.
The digital tachograph was made mandatory for new vehicles in 2006. The present proposal aims to update the legal framework which dates back to 1985. The new regulation will help to reduce fraud and cut the administrative burden related to the tachograph’s use.
Vice-President Siim Kallas said: “The rules on driving times and rest periods are there to protect professional drivers and other road users. They also ensure fair competition and good working conditions for drivers. The digital tachograph is an excellent control tool to ensure that these objectives are achieved. This proposal is not only very important to maintain the reliability of the digital tachograph but it also constitutes a significant step towards introducing an intelligent, integrated on-board unit on trucks that will contribute to improving the efficiency of the EU transport system.”