It will soon be five years since digital tachographs became mandatory on certain classes of new vehicles. The new law came into force on 1/5/2006.
However, the DVLA started issuing digital tachograph ‘smart’ cards in 2005. In line with all tachograph smart cards they’re valid for five years. So if you or any of your drivers were ‘early adopters’, then your digital tachograph card could be due for renewal.
The DVLA have confirmed that they are sending out renewal applications as they become due. They are being sent to the address recorded on your driving licence. So as long as that’s up to date, you should receive the renewal in plenty of time to ensure you have your new card before your old one runs out. According to the DVLA, turnaround time is about three weeks. The cost of renewal for both driver and company cards is £19.
Transport managers and bosses should note that renewals are sent direct to drivers. So they may wish to check that employees have received their renewal and are dealing with it. If an employer so wishes, they can complete the renewal on behalf of their drivers.
It is important to remember that there is no period of grace on renewal. So once the card has expired it will no longer work. And that means that the cardholder can no longer drive any vehicles fitted with a digital tachograph. So our recommendation is to complete the renewal application as soon as you receive it.
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