Digital tachograph

The DfT is asking for feedback on proposals to increase the time required between digital tachograph data downloads to 90 days.

Currently the time limit is 56 days, but the increase would align it with Europe.

The FTA said operators had not raised the current limit as an issue, but that it was conceivable it might aid operators regularly undertaking long-haul European work.

Vosa was unable to respond to the suggestion put forward by industry sources that increasing the download time to 90 days might jeopardise its ability to put together a case for potential legal action, due to limits imposed on the enforcement agency bringing a prosecution.

The consultation also asks whether gas-powered and parallel hybrid vehicles should be exempt from O-licensing in order to incentivise investment in greener technology.

The consultation runs until 22 February 2013.