Digital Tachograph Training

Digital tachographs record information about vehicle speed, distance and driving time. They should be fitted in all commercial vehicles that come under the EU rules on drivers’ hours or the rules of the European Agreement Concerning the Work of Crews of Vehicles Engaged in International Road Transport (AETR). While most experienced commercial drivers will have worked with a tachograph at some point in their career, many of them will not have been formally trained in its use. Here at Driver Hire Uxbridge, our digital tachograph module will give your drivers the understanding, awareness and skills they need to be able to use their tachograph effectively and in compliance with the law. This module is also ideal for new drivers who have never come across a tachograph before, and those who need a bit of a refresher.

What is a digital tachograph?

A tachograph device records a vehicle’s speed, distance and activities (e.g. ‘rest’ and ‘availability’). It is made up of a tachograph head unit and a sender unit that sits on the gearbox. The driver has a personal digital tachograph card that records their driving information. The digital tachograph was introduced to ensure drivers and employers alike follow the agreed rules on drivers’ hours. The digital tachograph is a requirement for all commercial vehicles that were first registered on or after 1 May 2006. Vehicles that were registered before this can use an analogue version.

Digital tachograph training from Driver Hire Uxbridge

Your drivers will have a three-and-a-half-hour training session with our expert trainers, during which they will learn about various elements of the digital tachograph – from its purpose and how it is used to what to do if something goes wrong with it. Your drivers can put the module toward a full day of training by combining it with another half-day module. This can then be used toward the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC). We offer a wide range of three-and-a-half-hour CPC modules that your drivers can choose from.

Our digital tachograph course will cover the following topics:

  • Why digital tachographs were introduced
  • Vehicle units (VUs), mode selection and on-screen messages
  • Time management, and logging on and off
  • Manual entry and mixed tachograph operation
  • Video demonstrations and simulator exercises
  • Tachograph cards (including dealing with lost, stolen, damaged or malfunctioning cards)

If you would like to find out more about our digital tachograph course, or to enquire about another module within our CPC training offering, contact us at Driver Hire Uxbridge today.

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