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Lorries: Tachographs

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received on the (a) introduction of digital tachographs in heavy goods vehicles and (b) reliability of those instruments; and if he will make a statement. (139881)

Since digital tachographs became mandatory, from 1 May 2006, the Department for Transport and its agencies have received a number of queries about their introduction, most of which have been of a largely technical nature. There have been no reported problems about the reliability of the digital tachograph vehicle unit itself, although around 2 per cent. of the 304,784 tachograph "smart" cards issued as of 29 May 2007 by DVLA (the UK's card issuing authority) have had to be returned due to malfunctions.