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Introduction
An approved tachograph is the required instrument by which the activities of drivers subject to the EU or AETR drivers' hours rules, and the vehicle's speed, distance and time are recorded. There are two main types of tachograph - analogue and digital. The only exception is when driving a vehicle engaged in the collecting of sea coal. In this one case you are subject to the EU rules on drivers' hours but do not need a tachograph.

The resulting record is to be used to monitor compliance with rules on drivers' hours. The rules on using the tachograph are contained in Regulation (EC) 3821/85 (as amended), and these depend on whether the vehicle is fitted with an analogue or digital tachograph. These rules must be observed by both drivers and operators of vehicles that fall within the scope of Regulation (EC) 561/2006 or the AETR rules.

Legislation
The legislation that tachographs and there use and the links to the relevant information which you may find useful are as laid out below. These regulations are applicable to this section, and also the section on EC Hours Rules.

United Kingdom
Office of Public Sector Information - www.opsi.gov.uk

The Stationery Office - www.tsoshop.co.uk
European Union
Eur-Lex - the portal for European Union law - Eur-Lex
Relevant legislation - EU rules
EC Regulation 561/2006 on drivers' hours and tachographs

EC Regulation 3820/85 on drivers' hours

EC Regulation 3821/85 on tachographs

EC Regulation 3314/90 on tachographs

EC Regulation 3688/92 on tachographs

EC Regulation 2479/95 on tachographs

EC Regulation 2135/98 and EC Regulation 1360/2002 (as amended)

The Community Drivers' Hours and Recording Equipment Regulations 1986 (SI 1986/1457)

*The Drivers' Hours (Harmonisation with Community Rules) Regulations 1986 (SI 1986/1458) (Applicable to both EU and Domestic Rules)

The Passenger and Goods Vehicles (Recording Equipment) Regulations 1989 (SI 1989/2121)

The Passenger and Goods Vehicles (Recording Equipment) Regulations 1996 (SI 1996/941)

The Passenger and Goods Vehicles (Recording Equipment) (Tachograph Card Fees) Regulations 2005 (SI 2005/1140)

The Passenger and Goods Vehicles (Recording Equipment) Regulations 2005 (SI 2005/1904)

The Passenger and Goods Vehicles (Recording Equipment) (Tachograph Card) Regulations 2006 (SI 2006/1937)

The Passenger and Goods Vehicles (Recording Equipment) (Fitting Date) Regulations 2006 (SI 2006/1117)

The Community Drivers' Hours and Recording Equipment Regulations 2007 (SI 2007/1819)
AETR rules
European Agreement concerning the work of crews on vehicles engaged in International Road Transport (AETR) (Cmnd 7401) (as amended by Cmnd 9037)
Domestic rules
Transport Act 1968 (Part VI as amended)

The Drivers' Hours (Goods Vehicles) (Modifications) Order 1970 (SI 1970/257)

The Drivers' Hours (Passenger and Goods Vehicles) (Modifications) Order 1971 (SI 1971/818)

The Drivers' Hours (Goods Vehicles) (Modifications) Order 1986 (SI 1986/1459)

The Drivers' Hours (Goods Vehicles) (Exemptions) Regulations 1986 (SI 1986/1492)

The Drivers' Hours (Goods Vehicles) (Keeping of Records) Regulations 1987 (SI 1987/1421)

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