DVSA Has No Appetite For Smart Tachos
technology gives us anything, it’s convenience. Information is
always at our fingertips. Entertainment is just a click away. There’s
little that can’t be delivered to our door just by firing up an
app. We only have to say ‘Alexa’, ‘Siri’, ‘Google’ and
great things happen. It’s incredible, really.
technology is everywhere, and it’s changing consumers’ lives for
the better. However, it’s not a consistent picture. We recently
reported on the tech’ developments in the logistics sector and the
reluctance of firms to implement these advances even though it would
dramatically transform the industry.
Now it seems the DVSA is also shunning new technology specifically in the area of smart tachos.
Not So Delicious Smart Tacho
EU regulations, it’s become mandatory to fit a smart tacho to all
new trucks. This technology allows traffic enforcement with the right
equipment to undertake remote smart tacho checks. It’s estimated
this will save thousands of hours of roadside checks, ensuring only
drivers who indicate tacho contraventions are stopped for further
you learn that in 2018 the DVSA carried
out 89,568 drivers’ hours checks and issued 4,759 prohibitions,
smart tachos checks have the potential to offer substantial
equally surprising to learn that the DVSA has decided not to invest
in the technology required to monitor smart tachos preferring to wait
until the 2034 deadline for a mandatory rollout.
Gordon MacDonald, DVSA’s head of enforcement policy, commented: “Our enforcement staff already have a number of tools to very effectively target tachograph manipulation and drivers’ hours offences.”
RHA has expressed disappointment at the DVSA’s stance. Logistics
firms investments to comply with the new regulations is not being
matched by the DVSA developing the tech required to undertake smart
tacho checks. As Tom Cotton, the RHA’s head of licensing and
infrastructure policy said:
members have invested in this technology to become compliant with
these new regulations, so why is DVSA not prepared to show the same
The decision could be as a result of the technology glitches that the DVSA have experienced lately. They’ve had problems collecting HGV excise duty and around the uploading of driver CPC records. It’s perhaps the DVSA having to deal with these more urgent gremlins that are delaying developments of smart tacho technology.
Large With A Smart Tacho
the DVSA’s decision is disappointing, it doesn’t mean investments
in smart tachos are a waste of money. They are useful in EU
jurisdictions where enforcement is using up-to-date kit. Also, there
are helpful features in smart tachos that include better security,
positioning data and third-speed trace to aid in the detection of
‘cabotage’ and driver hours contraventions.
And when the DVSA finally get up to speed with smart tacho technology, the logistics industry will already be well prepared.
Research and development plays a big part in our work here at Truckcraft. Our
team design vehicles that meet all legal requirements and incorporate
our unique innovations. Clients are assured that our products will
always comply with statutory regulations and have the right kit
installed, including smart tacho technology where required.
unlike the DVSA, we embrace new technology as and when it’s
available. Truckcraft will always offer our clients exceptional
vehicles that make the best use of cutting-edge best tech’. Our
vehicles make drivers’ lives more comfortable and more convenient
and promote on-time, every-time deliveries.
Truckcraft Bodies, and we’re always ahead of the curve.
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Published: Oct 30