As you may know, the Mobility Package was adopted by the European Council earlier this year. It was introduced to clarify some points in the previous work and rest time regulations as well as further improve drivers’ work conditions.
Our team has spent the last few months on implementing the necessary Mobility Package changes in the Tachogram system. As usually with regulation, reading and understanding it as a document is just the beginning. The tough part comes when you have to interpret the regulation with the real-world data and situations the drivers may face on the road.
This blog post will provide you with a short guide on the changes we’ve implemented in the system. We’ll also do a follow-up series of blogs to discuss the changes in more detail with graphical explanations on how the regulation applies to specific situations.
Changes in the Tachogram system
Before we start with the actual changes in the driving and rest times, there’s one important note to be made. The Mobility package introduces the terms of company and driver home countries. Due to this, we had to implement changes in Tachogram settings. We already did have the home country of the company which is used for settings in the reports section. With the Mobility Package coming into force, we also had to add an option to set a home country of a driver, as it might differ from the company’s one.
So far we’ve discussed the changes in the Tachogram system. Now let’s take a look at what has changed in regulation regarding work and rest times.
Changes in regulation
1. Crew driving
A very simple clarification that availability status in crew driving can be considered as rest in case no work or assistance to the driver is being done. This interpretation was already working in Tachogram so no changes were done in this case.
2. Weekly rests on trains or ferries
With the Mobility Package coming into force, you can spend a reduced weekly rest on a ferry just like you did with daily rest previously. You can also spend a regular weekly rest on a ferry in case the rest is at least 8 hours long. In general, this seems like a very good change for the drivers, but it also introduces some new quirks that we’ll discuss in the follow-up blog posts.
3. Taking two consecutive reduced weekly rest periods
Those familiar with the existing regulations might argue that it was possible to take two consecutive reduced weekly rest periods before the Mobility Package was introduced and they are right. We believe that this change adds more confusion and makes matters worse for understanding the regulation and planning working time. Either way the Tachogram system now fully supports the Mobility Package changes and handles all the data according to the regulation.
4. Extended driving time of 1 or 2 hours if reduced or regular weekly rest is approaching and the driver is returning home
This is the moment when the previously mentioned driver and company home country can make a difference as they may be two different countries.
We hope this article has cleared up the changes in the Tachogram system as well as regulation in regards to the Mobility Package. If you’re not yet using Tachogram and would like to find out more about how the system can help your company stay compliant with regulation and make fleet data management easier, try it out yourself by starting a 30-day free trial.