The Law on Drivers Working Hours in Road Transport and Tachographs, adopted at the end of 2015, brought modern solutions in the regulating of working times for professional drivers, devices for recording working time, and innovated working conditions for tachograph workshop. These legal changes, introduced as part of the process of harmonising domestic legislation with the European legal framework in this area, are primarily important for hauliers dealing in international transport, as well as for Serbia’s EU accession process. Consistent application of this law should contribute to enhancing road safety and better regulate the functioning of the transport industry.
With the introduction of analogue and digital tachographs, it is possible to raise the efficiency of the work of professional drivers and reduce hauliers’ costs. Proper recording of working hours, coupled with regular record keeping and the use of modern technology that automates processes, enables transport companies to raise the efficiency of their work, reduce administrative procedures and act preventatively.
Which of the market’s stakeholders recognised the use of tachographs as a means of contributing to increasing the efficiency of operations?
– Those are mainly responsible transport operators who are aware of their important social and environmental impact, not disrespecting road safety, while seeking to improve their image and achieve profitability and sustainability in their everyday operations. They range from large logistics operators and international freight transport operators to small national/ local distributors, as well as international passenger carriers. Tachograph workshops and technicians also play an important role in an efficient tachograph system, implementation by disseminating best practises to commercial vehicle owners and valuable experience on the proven benefits of tachographs.
Those transport operators who are aware of their important social and environmental impact are increasingly seeking options that will improve road safety, profitability and sustainability in their everyday operations
To what extent has the Law on Drivers Working Hours in Road Transport and Tachographs proved functional in terms of improving traffic safety and regulating this important area?
– The Law on the working hours of vehicle crews engaged in road transport and tachographs has already an important positive impact on road safety, especially on motorways, since regular roadside checks have been enforced by traffic police officers from the beginning of its implementation. Since it aligned previously divergent rules for national and international operations, the enforcement became easier and uniform. The implementation of a risk assessment system will proportionally increase the supervision of transport operators of high and critical risk level, whose reckless drivers commit or repeat serious infringements or perform manipulations.
How much can the solutions you offer be adapted to the needs of individual users?
– Since transport operators have different requests regarding vehicle and driver data transfer, updating intervals, analysis and monitoring, the use of modern information technology becomes a must. With a need to reduce time delays arising, we recognised the importance of remote data downloading – for which we offered the DLD device, which is proven to save time and money, to transport operators. Modern technology offers numerous options and customisations. Likewise, the VDO counter function can be activated on each digital tachograph of the latest generation.