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How to make sure you comply with the international regulation during COVID-19 pandemic?

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the whole economy around the world and transportation is one of the backbones of keeping the supplies delivered in these turbulent times. Be it medical equipment and supplies, or regular food deliveries, it’s important that the goods are delivered on time. Due to this unusual situation, several countries have imposed changes to the work and resting time rules as a response to the situation. In this article, we’ll take a look at the changes countries make, their legal implications and offer some suggestions on how the drivers can make sure they’re not violating the rules.

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Risk Rating Report to Help Companies Manage Driver Work and Rest Times

Driving time, breaks and rest period times are strictly regulated for commercial drivers within the European Union to protect drivers themselves as well as other road users. This regulation (EC 561/2006) is implemented via regular tachograph checks and is part of the reason why fatalities of lorry drivers have dropped by 34%, heavy goods drivers by 47% and bus and coach drivers by 53% from 2008 to 2018 within the EU according to European Road Safety Observatory

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What changes will smart tachographs bring?

Technology is constantly developing and offering ways to make our lives easier and safer. This is also the reason for the recent change in tachograph legislation and introduction to the new generation of tachographs – smart tachographs. But what and how exactly will the new devices change in the way drivers and companies operate? Keep reading and you’ll find out!

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3 ways to integrate your telematics system with Tachogram

Today, more and more companies understand the benefits of having a telematics system to manage their fleets. Moreover, they look for additional solutions to integrate with their systems and make business processes even easier to oversee. Tachogram is here to offer tachograph data analysis using three types of integrations – REST API, FTP file upload and e-mail integration.

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Tachogram and Mapon showcases company solutions and expertise in the annual Telematics Conference in Warsaw

Last Thursday, on September 27, a part of our team attended the annual Telematics Conference CEEurope in Warsaw, Poland. This year the conference was focusing on the topic of telematics industry collaborations, and we were lucky to be among the event partners and host an interactive session on the issue of co-opetition possibilities in telematics.

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7 card readers that work with Tachogram app

One of the best Tachogram features is that it doesn’t require an expensive card reader to keep track of and analyse your driver card data. A simple smart card reader that’s connected to your Android smartphone will be just enough to enjoy all the Tachogram app has to offer – from remaining driving time calculation to notifications about any infringements made according to international legislation. However, not all card readers are supported by the app, therefore we’ve created a list of 7 most popular vendors whose card readers can currently be used with Tachogram app.

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What you should know about compensations?

Understanding Tachogram charts and being able to read and use the data it provides helps to effectively plan and execute your daily duties. However, there is some data that requires a more detailed explanation. One of such is compensations – an important topic that is only briefly explained in the international regulations, but very important for the drivers to prevent the risk of violating the law.

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Reading and understanding Tachogram charts

Using a digital tachograph is an integral part of the drivers work. It provides a lot of information to both the drivers and their managers and it’s crucial to understand all the data you’re getting from it. Whether you have been using Tachogram for a while now or are about to start, a simple explanation on what data can you see and what do all the charts in the system mean, may help you to better plan your work and avoid violating the EC regulations.

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Tachogram is launching e-mail integration

We at Tachogram believe that integration and automation are the future and the next logical step of fleet management and overseeing your digital tachograph compliance.

We have developed quite a few integrations with various products and today we’re adding one more – e-mails.

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Changes to fines for commercial drivers in the UK: Tachogram can help you avoid them

Rules in the UK will be changed, so lorry, bus and coach drivers who drive tired will be fined for every time they’ve done it in the last 28 days. From 1 November, The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) can fine drivers up to £300 if they spend their full weekly rest break in their vehicle in places where it causes a problem, such as suburban areas. They can also be prosecuted or have their vehicle immobilised.

At the moment, DVSA can only fine drivers for:

  • offences committed that day;
  • ongoing offences, like manipulating tachograph records, which record drivers’ hours.

However, DVSA traffic examiners will be given new powers to issue on-the-spot fines for any drivers’ hours offences committed in the last 28 days.

So it can get quite tricky…

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