Analogue Tachographs haven’t gone away and are still likely to be around for some time. Despite their existence for what seems like forever, (Analogue Tachographs were introduced in 1985), many drivers still have difficulties with Analogue charts and filling them in correctly.
Drivers having passed the driving test, theory test and gained their initial Driver CPC still have the problem of what to do when they gain employment when it comes to correctly operating either an Analogue or Digital Tachograph.
Analogue Tachograph Training helps you to understand and operate the Analogue Tachograph and prove that you will be able to implement the skills necessary, by the end of the training session, to keep yourself legal throughout your driving career.
Correct use of the tachograph is important from your perspective as well as your employers perspective, as both drivers and operators may face prosecution for bad practices.
Tachograph training is applicable to drivers of mini buses, coaches, trucks, articulated vehicles and any vehicle fitted with a tachograph. A section of the Driver CPC course deals with the basics of tachograph operation from a drivers perspective.
Tachograph training also covers country specific practice. For instance in the UK and in Ireland there are some subtle differences in how tachographs are managed and what is considered best practice. If you drive in different jurisdictions you should be informed about these differences.
When deciding to undertake a Tachograph Training Course there are some useful guidelines to be aware of, for instance is the course specific to analogue or digital tachographs or can you combine both together in the one session. This may be useful but it may also be a lot to take in all at one session. Will you actually be able to bring along some completed charts with you on the day so as they can be analysed with some comments given by the training provider as to what you are doing right as well as suggesting areas for improvement.
At the end of the short training course you will be able to:
Correctly fill in an Analogue chart at the beginning and end of your day
Understand what activities are recorded on the Analogue Chart
Explain what to do if you change vehicle
Understand the basic law relating to Analogue Charts for drivers and managers
Understand the switches on an Analogue Tachograph Unit and demonstrate their use
Demonstrate how your legal working week is recorded not just your driving hours
Of course there is more on the course but these are the bits that drivers have found to be most interesting and practical over the last few weeks.
With such a comprehensive approach you will be a better commercial driver and have gained added skills and knowledge. Upon successful completion of this course, participants are awarded a certificate.