Are tachographs coming to vans to manage drivers’ hours?

Posted by AndrewT on 10th May 2018

In an attempt to regulate drivers’ hours of smaller commercial vehicles, proposals from members of the European Parliament’s transport committee would like to see all vans have a tachograph fitted by law.There are around 4 million vans in daily business operations in the UK. The latest draft of the Mobility Package due to be implemented before the UK leaves the EU in March 2019, would require commercial vehicles between 2.4 and 3.5 tonnes to fit and operate a tachograph. The proposal has received an angry response from the FTA, however fleet operators wanting to take advantage of the DVSA’s Earned Recognition Scheme could welcome the move, as it would aid their entire fleet compliance with the scheme. It should also be remembered that tachographs and drivers’ hours law exist to protect drivers from employers forcing them to drive excessive hours for commercial gain. Responsible mixed fleet operators (HGVs and Vans) will be managing their drivers’ hours anyway and this would mean that one system can be used for all drivers. Tachograph analysis and reporting software as a service is now available for fleets of all sizes for £40 per driver per year or less, see Smartanalysis.