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Providing Digital Tachograph Analysis Services Across Ireland.

Experienced Digital Tachograph Analysis Services Across Ireland

Digital Tachographs are mandatory in Ireland for all commercial vehicles over 3.5 tonnes. They ensure driver compliance with EU Regulations on driving and rest time for professional drivers. However, understanding the data and information that a Tachograph Machine records isn’t simple. Here at TACC, we specialise in Digital Tachograph Analysis. The process involves analysing the data recorded by the system which records the vehicle’s speed, distance travelled, and time driven, as well as the driver’s hours of work and rest. As these systems are mandatory, a lot of data is recorded during the driving and operation of a commercial vehicle. Especially if the vehicle is on rotational shifts with several drivers and understanding the data presented is crucial.

In Ireland, the analysis of tachograph systems is usually conducted by transport operators or fleet managers to ensure compliance with EU Regulations and to monitor the performance of their drivers. This data includes the total driving time, total distance travelled, and total rest time for each driver. It also records any periods of non-compliance with the set regulations such as driving more than allocated or speeding. This information is used to identify any issues with driver behaviour.

Alongside driver compliance, Tachograph Systems provide vital information and evidence in the event of an accident or collision. The data recorded by the tachograph can provide information about the vehicle’s movements and the driver’s actions leading up to the incident. Through forensic investigation, this data can be used to investigate the cause of the incident and to help determine responsibility. The information gathered through the analysis can be used in court as evidence. Providing that it has been obtained and analysed by an expert witness who can stand and provide the testimony in court.

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Digital Tachograph Analysis

Experts In Analysing Tachograph Data To Determine Responsibility

As experts in Digital Tachograph Analysis, our investigators have experience in analysing and understanding data. This is vital in determining responsibility in commercial vehicle accidents. We have specialised knowledge in extracting and interpreting the data recorded by tachographs and can provide insight into the vehicle movements and driver’s actions leading up to the incident. This evidence and analysis can be used in a variety of contexts including Accident Investigations, Litigation, and Compliance Audits.

To analyse the data from onboard systems, experts use specialised software and equipment. This equipment retrieves a range of data and information including:

  • Vehicle Speed
  • Distance Travelled
  • Time-Driven
  • Driver Hours Of Work And Rest
  • GPS Data (Vehicle Location)

This data is used to visualise the vehicle’s movements and the driver’s actions leading up to the accident. The experts are trained to identify patterns and anomalies in the data that indicate non-compliance with regulations or unsafe driving practices. They can identify excessive speed, prolonged periods of driving without a break, and more. 

Digital Tachograph Analysis FAQs

Below, you can find a selection of Frequently Asked Questions regarding our Tachograph Analysis service and how we analyse data from commercial vehicle systems to identify non-compliance and fault in the event of an accident. You can find the answers to frequent questions below.

If you have a different question or would like to get started with our services, contact our team today.

A digital tachograph is a device that is installed in all commercial vehicles to record various types of data. These data types include:

  • Vehicle Speed
  • Distance Travelled
  • Time Driven
  • Driver Hours & Rest

Tachograph Systems are mandatory for all commercial vehicles over 3.5 tonnes in Ireland and they are vital to ensuring compliance with various EU regulations on driving and rest times for commercial drivers.

In forensic investigations, the data recorded through such a system provides valuable information about the movement of a vehicle along with the actions of the driver leading up to the incident. This information is used to investigate the cause of an accident and to determine responsibility. For example, if the device shows that the vehicle was traveling over the speed limit and the driver had exceeded their legal driving hours, it may indicate that the driver was tired and not able to respond promptly to the situation.

The information from the onboard systems can be used in court as evidence. However, the evidence must be obtained, analysed, and interpreted by an expert witness and done by the rules of evidence. In Ireland, experts who specialise in analysing tachograph data can be used to extract the data and provide the evidence as expert testimony in court.

Tachograph Systems in Ireland can record a variety of data relating to the operation of a commercial vehicle. Each driver has a Digital Card that is entered into the machine at the start of each shift, meaning that each driver’s action is also recorded. The types of information collected through the systems may include:

  • Vehicle Speed
  • Distance Traveled
  • Time-Driven
  • Driver Card Data
  • Driver Working Time
  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and the Registration Number (VRN)
  • Journey Time
  • Driver Activities
  • Vehicle Location

The information recorded may vary depending on the model and manufacturer of the device. Also, the EU Regulations may change and differ over time, meaning that the type of information recorded and analysed may change.

In Ireland, a Digital Tachograph Analysis can be conducted by a variety of professionals and organizations. However, some professionals specialise in analysis for driver improvement whereas others specialise in the analysis of data for collisions and traffic accidents. If you need to analyse the data from a Tachograph Device to support a case in court following a Collision or Traffic Accident, then you need an Accident Investigator. TACC provides traffic accident investigations to support both criminal and civil cases in court following an accident or collision.

Our experts are specialised professionals who have the knowledge, experience, and qualifications to extract, analyse and interpret the data from the device. They can provide a detailed analysis of the information collected.

It is important to note that the analysis of tachograph data requires specialised knowledge and training, and it should be conducted by a qualified expert. In Ireland, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) is the regulatory body that oversees the compliance of tachograph systems.

The types of information collected through an analysis vary depending on the type of investigation. The information collected is related to the vehicle’s operation and the driver’s actions. The information includes:

  • Vehicle Speed
  • Distance Traveled
  • Time-Driven
  • Driver Working Time
  • Driver Card Data
  • Vehicle Identification Number
  • Location Data
  • Non-Compliance
  • Excessive Speed
  • Irregular Driving Patterns

The data recorded and analysed may vary depending on the make and model of the tachograph system.

In Ireland, non-compliance with regulations related to digital tachographs can result in a wide range of penalties, including fines and disqualifications. The specific penalties given to a driver or company will depend on the severity of the non-compliance.

  • Fines
  • Disqualifications
  • Prosecution

It’s important to note that the penalties for non-compliance with digital tachograph regulations in Ireland are determined and enforced by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and the Garda National Roads Policing Units.

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