|GP: Digital Tachographs - Poland|
Recording equipment (the so-called TACHOGRAPH), installed in vehicle which is used in the road transport under the provisions of the Council Regulation (EEC) No 3820/85. It records driving time, period of works other periods of availability, breaks in work and daily rest periods, as well as vehicle speed and distance of the journey.
There are analogue tachographs obligatory in the EU Member States (including Poland) which record data on paper record sheets (paper discs).
After 30 years being in use, it has been found that the analogue recording equipment is technologically outdated, not economically effective and make it possible to falsify and manipulate the data recorded. The analogue tachographs do not satisfy anymore the purpose they were introduced for, which means efficient control of the drivers` compliance with the so-called social regulations, and consequently - do not serve the improvement of the road traffic safety.
Supported by the road transport industry and social partners, the European Commission (EC) decided to implement the most technologically advanced device that effectively controls drivers and undertakings performing the road transport activity, i.e. DIGITAL TACHOGRAPH (DT). All parties are of the opinion that introduction of the DT will bring a major advantage to the road safety by ensuring that professional drivers keep to their driving and rest times.
In 1998-2002 appropriate regulations were issued, among them: Council Regulation (EC) No 2135/98 amending Regulation (EEC) No 3821/85 on recording equipment in road transport and Directive 88/599/EEC, and Commission Regulation (EC) No 1360/2002 adapting for the seventh time to technical progress Council Regulation (EEC) No 3821/85 (including technical Annex IB).
Since 1 May 2004 these Regulations are directly applicable in Poland.
In accordance with the existing provisions, vehicles put into service for the first time as of 5 August 2004 must be fitted with the recording equipment (DT) meeting requirements of the Annex IB mentioned above.
Implementation of the digital tachographs will impose the new tasks and obligations on governmental administrations and all users of this system.
So far, there were four meetings of CB organised in the MI. The main competencies and tasks of particular ministries and offices have been already described.
A rapid and efficient DT system implementation in Poland is crucial from the point of view of economic interests of the significant number of the Polish transport operators, motor vehicles industry workers, workshops for installation and repair services of digital tachographs.