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Tachographs and Driver Hours

Photograph of Enforcment Officer checking the tachographs

In general, goods vehicles with a maximum permissible weight over 3.5 tonnes are required to be fitted with tachograph recording equipment. This can be analogue or digital equipment.

Analogue tachographs have now been in use for approximately 20 years, however, the EU wanted to take advantage of technology now available in order to ensure the security of the recording of driver duty periods. The introduction of digital tachographs makes the system less vulnerable to illegal acts by users to distort the data.

This system will also allow for easier and better control of drivers' hours by operators and the enforcement authorities. For more details, please click on the link to the DVA site for publications of manuals and guides for Tachograph and Drivers Hours:

DVA currently check up to 25,000 tachograph charts per year. A list of approved tachograph centres where you can have your tachograph checked and calibrated is available below:

Information on how to become an Approved Tachograph Centre and what is required for the correct operation of Approved Tachograph Centres can be found at the link below:

For Digital Tachograph Smart Card queries,
contact DVA Digital Tachograph Section on 0845 402 4000.

For Tachograph Workshop Approval queries,
contact DVA Enforcement Section on 028 9025 4127.