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Department for Transport planning to consult on tachograph data downloads

  • 17 October 2012
  • By Chris Tindall

Plans to extend the time required between tachograph data downloads are on the cards, in an effort to ease the regulatory burden on UK hauliers and remove barriers to growth.

Currently operators must download data from vehicle units at least every 56 days, but the government is proposing to increase this to 90 days.

The idea was proposed by the Department for Transport (DfT) in a Logistics Growth Review published last year, but was thought to have been originally suggested in the Red Tape Challenge earlier in 2011.

However, the Freight Transport Association said it wasn’t aware of members raising time limits as a problem.

“Most of our members would find a best practice way of regularly getting the information which somehow coincides with the time limit,” said James Firth, head of road freight and enforcement policy at the FTA. “There’s always an onus on the operator to make sure that data doesn’t get overwritten.”

A DfT spokeswoman said: “We are planning to consult on this, but no consultation has been launched yet.”


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