Digital Tachographs

Digital Tachographs

In 2006 digital tachographs were introduced making it easy for operators to keep track of their drivers, drivers hours, records and to identify drivers hours infringements, it is also harder for drivers to falsify records as each driver has to apply to the license authority (DVLA) for a digital driver card, this has a photo of the driver and other info on it rather like the photo card driving license and a smart chip that records all vehicle details and driver movements for up to 28 days, the card is inserted into a tachograph unit in the vehicle before driving begins and the driver enters some simple information about what he has been doing since his card was last removed, all information about the vehicle, its movements and driver activity is then stored on the cards microchip although the driver still has to manually change the mode switch except for driving, if the driver has switched to a rest period mode the tachograph will automatically go to drive mode when driving resumes and then it will change to other work mode automatically when the vehicle is stopped, the driver will have to manually change to rest periods and periods of availability, at the end of the drivers duty period the card is removed and kept by the driver at all times,  the information on the card  can then be downloaded in to a computer and analyzed for driving hours infringements instantly, eliminating the need for the tachographs to be sent away for analysis, all information is stored electronically saving storage space and paper. Although it is not required to be downloaded daily this can be done as the relevant info will stay with the driver on the smart chip after the download so the driver has with him at all times his last 28 days movements as required by law and also the employer can see all relevant information every time the card is downloaded into their computer system. The digital tachograph unit has a roll of paper inserted rather like a till roll so the driver or anyone wanting information can do a print out if required, the driver will have to do a print out  should his card be lost, stolen or malfunctions. If the card malfunctions it has to be sent back to the DVLA and the driver must apply for a new one but can carry on working for up to 15 days without one but he has to keep manual records by doing a print out at the start and end of shift and filling in all relevant information on the print out, these must be handed in within the relevant time scale, malfunctioning cards are replaced free of charge, if your card is lost or stolen then the replacement is charged for.