Continental Secures Approval from German Federal Motor Transport Authority for New Advanced Tachograph

Starting August 21, 2023, all newly registered commercial vehicles within the European Union will be required to have the latest version of a smart tachograph installed. The German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) has granted Continental the necessary approval for their VDO DTCO 4.1, which incorporates new and improved features.

This advanced tachograph ensures the provision of reliable data for more effective monitoring of international freight transportation. Dirk Gandras, the head of tachograph development in the Connected Commercial Vehicle Solutions division, expresses satisfaction with the timely receipt of safety certifications and type approval, enabling the planned launch of the second version of the smart tachograph before the specified date of August 21, 2023.

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June 22, 2023

Enhancing Safety and Equality on European Roads

Mobility Package 1 aims to foster improved working conditions, fair competition, and enhanced road safety across Europe. The package introduces regulations that gradually enforce changes in rest periods, while placing significant emphasis on the obligation to provide evidence of cabotage trips and the employment of driving personnel. The new second version of the smart tachograph plays a crucial role in enabling effective control and enforcement of these regulations. Notably, it marks the first time in the tachograph's century-long history that legislators have assigned additional control functions, surpassing the mere recording of working and operating times.

As per Implementing Regulation (EU 2021/1228), newly registered commercial vehicles weighing over 3.5 metric tons must be equipped with second-version smart tachographs from August 21, 2023. Existing vehicles engaged in cross-border traffic will follow in two stages by August 2025. A notable change is the requirement for commercial vehicles weighing between 2.5 and 3.5 tons traveling

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