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What is a tachograph?

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Tachographs are devices that automat­ically record activity such as time, speed and distance of your driver’s journey. The device is fitted to your vehicles and tracks its progress as soon as it’s in motion. A tachographs records a range of vehicle and driver data, which is crucial for staying compliant with drivers’ hours’ rules.

A tachograph automates compliance for fleet managers. Companies that fail to comply with drivers’ hours’ rules risk fines or in extreme cases, jail. Further, under certain circum­stances such as repeated offences, licenses to operate may be revoked.


When did tachographs start?

What is a tachograph?

When did tachographs start?

Tachograph devices are not new, and the first analogue devices have been in use since the 1950s. Now all qualifying vehicles manufac­tured in the EU since 2005 must have a tachograph.

However, since June 2019, tachograph regulation requires that every new vehicle must have a smart tachograph. Smart tachographs have enhanced features such as improved security, efficiency and open interface for additional services. Further, they help you simplify the inspection process with a dedicated short-range commu­nic­ation system.

How do tachographs work?

How does a tachograph work?

How do tachographs work?

Tachographs protect drivers’ safety and other road users by ensuring all drivers are in a suitable condition to operate vehicles. It also promotes healthy competition as managers cannot force drivers to work excessive hours.

Digital tachographs record all vehicle and data driver on both the internal memory as well as the drivers’ ID card. It consists of three different parts to document this data: tachograph card, motion sensors and a vehicle unit.

Digital tachographs collect various types of data including but not limited to the vehicle regis­tration number, driver activity such as breaks and avail­ab­ility, and events such as speeding, driving without driver card and tampering. Data from digital tachographs must be downloaded and analysed regularly. For each driver, download tachograph data at least every 28 days and every 90 days for each vehicle.


Tachograph software

Tachograph software helps fleet managers reduce admin­is­trative work with automatic downloads. Manually downloading tachograph data can be time-con­suming and take away from core business. Our solution, WEBFLEET Tachograph Manager, is a reliable all-in-one solution that simplifies tachograph downloads.

Tachograph Manager helps you download, analyse and archive your tachograph data. By automat­ically downloading data, you can maximise productivity and stay ahead of deadlines. Further, you have access and clear visibility of driver and vehicle data, enabling you to comply with drivers’ hours regulation. And our solution keeps all your data, at all points, secure in one location.

Read all about how a digital tachograph can help you comply with drivers’ hours regulations.

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