Construction sector concerned over new tachograph rules
By Isabelle Smets | Wednesday 30 May 2012
The European Parliament’s Committee on Transport (TRAN) is due to adopt, on 31 May, a first-reading report on the revision of legislation on the digital tachograph, the device that records the driving and break times of lorry drivers (rapporteur Silvia-Adriana Ticau, S&D, Romania).
The construction sector is concerned over the costs the revision of this legislation will entail. Therefore the EBC (European Builders Confederation), the professional association representing SMEs in the construction sector, has written to members of the TRAN committee on the eve of the vote, urging them to amend the legislative proposal
The aim of the proposal is to replace current tachographs with new ones that are more difficult to tamper with. This will entail costs (buying the devices, software and training) for transport companies, but also for other sectors that use professional utility vehicles although transport is not their main business - such as construction.
Currently, an exemption is foreseen for vehicles of less than 7.5 tonnes used within a radius of 50 kms around the company’s headquarters. The Council has proposed extending this limit to 100 kms. However, this is not enough for the EBC, which has appealed to MEPs to support a series of amendments - which are not in the initial report by Ticau - in favour of a larger radius limit (proposals vary from 150 to 250 kms) and a more flexible weight limit (12 tonnes).(1) The letter is available at
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