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From October 2011, tachographs fitted in new vehicles will interpret the working activities they record in a different way.
 
From October 2011, tachographs fitted in new vehicles will interpret the working activities they record in a different way.

Prior to October 2011, if you drove for, say, two hours and five seconds and then had to stop in queuing traffic, the remaining 55 seconds of that minute would still be recorded as ‘driving’.

Digital tachographs installed from October 2011 are now programmed to record the whole of the minute as the same type of activity as the largest continuous activity within that minute. So if you grind to a halt in heavy traffic just five seconds into a new minute, it’s now counted as ‘Other Work’ not driving time.

The change won’t make much difference to trunking work. But it’s a different story for multi-drop drivers. That’s because, with the new one minute rule, the more stops and starts you have the fewer the driving minutes that will be recorded.

Jim Kirwin, Driver Hire’s Network Trainer, estimates that this change could reduce recorded driving time by 35 minutes on an average shift. “The changes mean that digital tachographs record working time more accurately,” says Jim. “Overall it means that stops for traffic hold-ups and deliveries won’t eat into driving time as quickly.”
 
 
 
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