Smart Tachographs (Regulation)

Driving times and rest periods in road transport are subject to rules in order to improve road transport safety, improve drivers‘ working conditions and ensure fair competition between road transport companies.  By applying technically modernised “smart” tachgraphs, the Commission wishes to better enforce the rules on driving time and rest periods and reduce the administrative burdens for road transport companies and control authorities.


An effective control of compliance with driving times and rest periods increases road transport safety. Remote communication can help reduce the administrative costs of control authorities and companies. Dispensing with the obligation to provide proof of resting periods increases the risk of abuse. Prohibiting transport companies from having tachographs installed by their own “fitters” and workshops in their own vehicles is inappropriate. The Regulation must stipulate which data can be transmitted through remote communication.