Anticipating the deadline of August 19, 2024, Denmark, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Poland, Germany, Belgium, France, and Italy already have equipped themselves to communicate remotely with tachographs installed in moving vehicles.
The impact of remote detection will be far more significant for hauliers than the upcoming arrival of the chrono 1C V2. It doesn’t only concern new trucks but all heavy-duty vehicles put into circulation since June 2019. With this device, authorities no longer need to stop trucks to detect violations. Instead, they can select vehicles for roadside inspection from the flow of traffic. The system does not extract detailed data; it only communicates a total of 19 tachograph parameters remotely. Driving times will be added for the new tachograph version. For instance, a truck that has been driving for one minute without a recorded card in the previous 10 days will be flagged as potentially in violation. Consequently, it will be designated as a vehicle to stop. Such an anomaly will not necessarily result in a fine but will lead to loss of time for the company and a careful examination of the driver and vehicle’s 28-day (56 days in 2025) activity.
Even if driving and rest times are respected, the driver or company may be fined for the absence of manual entry, failing to record the country at the start of the day, or lacking justification for handling errors. This equipment, designed to combat fraud and unfair competition, will require all companies and drivers to be much more rigorous in the use of tachographs. New habits must be adopted, such as eliminating drives without a card.