Last reviewed 30 May 2019

Any vehicles first registered on or after 15 June 2019, which require a tachograph to be fitted, will need to have a type 1C unit tachograph. These are also called smart tachographs.

Drivers of vehicles which require tachographs could face enforcement action if they fail to have one fitted or have the wrong type fitted.

The deadline was set in EU Regulation 2018/502 which amended Regulations 2016/799 and 165/2014 laying down the requirements for the construction, testing, installation, operation and repair of tachographs and their components.

“Smart tachographs are the new generation of on-board mandatory digital recorders to enforce the EU legislation on professional drivers driving and resting times,” the European Commission explained when the legislation was issued.

The new features make full use of advanced digital technologies such as satellite positioning, short range communication for road enforcers and interconnection with other telematics applications (such as smart parking or pay-as-you-drive apps), through a harmonised Intelligent Transport System interface.

Smart tachographs allow automatic recording of start and final location of journeys and will also enable remote access to some tachograph data via wireless data transmission to control authorities.

Enforcement vehicles will be fitted with a Remote Early Detection Communication Reader which will be able to read data remotely from a passing digital tachograph. It will no longer be necessary for vehicles to be stopped for basic tachograph data to be read.

“It will be more important than ever that transport operators ensure their drivers are properly trained to operate tachographs compliantly, and that there are robust policies and processes in place to manage and record tachograph data,” Novadata Chairman Derek Broomfield said.

The EU’s Smart Tachograph Type-approval guidelines can be found at