FTA meetings will help integrate Digital Tachographs

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The Freight Transport Association (FTA), is organising local meetings in January 2006, to help with the integration of digital tachographs into the UK market.

The arrival of the new technology will impact on every lorry operator in the UK – and indeed the whole of Europe. 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 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.

Dates and venues are as follows:

10 January – DURHAM (0900-1100)
12 January – CHORLEY (0900-1100)
12 January – CARDIFF (1800-2000)
16 January – EXETER (1700-1900)
17 January – BEVERLEY (0900-1100)
17 January – CAMBRIDGE (1430-1630)
18 January – LLANDRINDOD WELLS (1400-1600)
18 January – TEMPLEPATRICK (1300-1500)
24 January – GATWICK (1500-1700)
24 January – GATWICK (1800-2000)
25 January – SOLIHULL (1400-1600)
25 January – GRANGEMOUTH (1700-1900)
26 January – NOTTINGHAM (1400-1600)

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