Last reviewed 5 August 2022

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is trialling remote tachograph sensing equipment in Britain, to make it easier to detect drivers and transport operators who are breaking drivers’ hours rules.

“While we know most operators follow drivers’ hours rules,” the Agency said, “we are still finding offences at the roadside. Breaking drivers’ hours rules has the potential to be dangerous to road users.”

It is therefore exploring this technology to help keep Britain’s roads safe as the new equipment means that its agents can identify many kinds of tachograph violations when travelling alongside vehicles, or from the roadside.

Heavy goods vehicle (HGV) and public service vehicle (PSV) drivers are urged to understand their responsibilities and to check their tachograph is working properly before setting off, to take adequate rest and to correctly record their driving time and rest periods on their tachograph.

More information is available — here.

HGV and PSV operators who have to follow drivers’ hours rules are also reminded of the need to understand their responsibilities which include maintaining tachograph equipment, knowing how to adequately schedule driver’s activities, regularly checking their driver's compliance and listening and responding to any drivers’ hours concerns raised by drivers.

They can find further details — here.