Monday 24th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Digital tachographs – FTA’s grand success

Attendance at FTA’s special series of January meetings designed to update members on the implications of the forthcoming introduction of digital tachographs has now exceeded 1,000.

From a date in the spring, not yet determined, all new lorries will be fitted with digital tachographs to record hours, speeds and distances.
Since their introduction 25 years ago, tachographs have been analogue, recording details via a needle trace on a wax disc. The new arrangements will mean that the UK’s 500,000 lorry drivers, together with managers and back-office staff, will all need to learn how the new units work and what the new legislation requires of them. Besides the need for familiarity with the new equipment, drivers and other staff are going to have to learn how to operate the unit, how to deal with recording hours driven with an old analogue unit one day and a new digital unit the next, how to use the new Smartcard which is unique to the individual driver, and a great deal more.

Attendance at these free two-hour meetings is available only to registering FTA members and places can be booked by calling the FTA Member Service Centre on 08717 112222.

The events with places still available are:

Tuesday 24 January, Gatwick (3pm-5pm)

Tuesday 24 January, Gatwick (6pm-8pm)

Wednesday 25 January, Solihull (2pm-4pm)

Wednesday 25 January, Grangemouth (5pm-7pm)

Thursday 26 January, Nottingham (2pm-4pm)