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International Operators – Smart Tachograph 2 Deadline Approaching

Trade Associations, including CPT have been keen to remind Operators working internationally that many of their vehicles will require an upgrade as the requirement to have vehicles fitted with a Smart Tachograph 2 comes into force at the end of the year.

The oldest vehicles on the road, which includes the majority of vehicles being used by Operators given the relevant dates, must be retro-fitted with Smart Tachograph 2 systems by 31st December 2024. This applies to all vehicles first registered before 25 June 2019, including those with a digital tachograph,

For newer vehicles, which are fitted with a Smart Tacho 1 (fitted from June 2019 to 20th August 2023, and some during the transitional period to the end of 2023) must be retro fitted with Smart Tacho 2 from 19th August 2025.

It is also important over the next few years that buyers check the correct equipment is fitted as it is not a requirement for vehicles used only within the UK and it is likely that there will be many newly registered vehicles which do not conform to the international requirements.

Operators have been assured by manufacturers that there are enough DTCO 4.1 smart tachograph version 2 devices available on the market. The workshop network is ready to support fleets by retrofitting commercial vehicles engaged in international transport with the smart tachograph 2.

The issue which will become apparent, if hauliers do not start to plan to upgrade now, is that there will be a surge in demand in a short period at the end of year. It is recommended that Operators use their maintenance inspections over the next few months to get the work done.

There appears to be a real lack of awareness within the industry and Operators are urged to get themselves prepared, by taking advice and speaking with their maintenance providers to schedule the work.

The consequences of failing to fit the upgrade could include vehicle prohibitions and foreign penalties, as well as regulatory action. 

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