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Driver development at Volvo Trucks

How does the new truck tachograph regulation in Europe affect me?

First generation smart tachographs have been mandatory in all new heavy-duty trucks since June 2019. Now the European Union (EU) is introducing further regulations which will require second-generation tachographs to be installed from August 2023.

Here is an explanation on what you need to know about the EU’s new tachograph regulation and what it means for you as a driver. Let’s start with looking at why the EU decided to bring in the regulations in the first place.

Better safety and professionalism in the industry

The main aims of these regulations are to increase safety, cut the manipulation of tachograph data and to ensure drivers have adequate rest between shifts and heavy driving periods.

The regulations make it easier for you to pass through checks and get to your destination in good time. Authorities in any country in the EU can carry out remote checks and provided that your tachograph data is in order, you will be able to continue your journey without being pulled over. This is a key reason to make sure you don’t have any violations. Existing vehicles with old tachographs may still be subject to roadside inspections so the correct use of all tachographs is still extremely important.


In the past, some drivers and truck owners have been known to manipulate tachograph data to avoid complying with driver safety standards. The EU’s regulations are designed to make this much harder while at the same time not hindering and delaying those that do comply with unnecessary checks. 


What is the new tachograph regulation?

First-generation smart tachographs have been compulsory in all new trucks since 15th June 2019. According to the EU’s latest regulation, second-generation tachographs must be installed in all new trucks over 3.5 tonnes from 21st August 2023. By the end of 2024, all old analog or digital tachographs (excluding first generation intelligent tachographs) in trucks used in cross-border assignments, must be replaced. And by August 2025, all first-generation intelligent tachographs used in cross-border assignments must be upgraded.

The main functions being introduced with second generation tachographs is that they can check cross-border traffic via a satellite positioning system, and they can check the time and location of loading and unloading.


Your smart tachograph will also be able to communicate with local enforcement officers, who will be able to remotely check your tachograph data without the need to stop your vehicle. If no issues are detected authorities must delete the data within three hours.


Planning your trip to meet the new tachograph regulation

The new tachograph regulation means there has never been a more important time to plan your trip. Planning your trip effectively helps make you a better a driver, means your journey is more pleasurable and gives you more control. Here you can download a guide that can explain how to manage your time effectively and can help you to comply with the regulations. It includes:

  • Tips on how to reach your destination on time
  • Ways you can make your truck journey less stressful
  • What to do if you are running out of driving time and the next truck stop is full

Learn more about the new truck tachograph regulation