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Tacho debate gets personal 05/06/2003
Fears that the European haulage industry is to be forced to accept out of date technology have led to calls for a meeting with the European Commissioner responsible, Loyola de Palacio.

A meeting in Brussels on 22nd May, involving the European Commission the telematics industry and the Geneva based IRU (International Road Transport Union), was told that it would not be possible to alter current legislation to permit the introduction of an all-encompassing in-vehicle data reader without the authority of the Commissioner.

Current EU legislation will require the fitting of digital technology tachographs to all heavy goods vehicles by August 2005. The IRU is pressing for a change that will allow for a multi-functional in-vehicle reader in place of the single-purpose tachograph.

Development of the new tachograph is believed to be in difficulties with little hope that a prototype reader will be ready for the commencement of the type-approval process in August this year.

The IRU is now planning on a meeting with de Palacio in the hope of avoiding the 1.7 billion Euro bill for the fitting of what they regard as out of date technology.
Author: Patrick Hook
 
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