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Tachographs

Postby Bazza » Mon Dec 16, 2019 11:41 am

With our van conversion being based on a 4.5tonne van it came equipped with a VDU Digital Tachograph which requires the back-up battery which is fitted in the rear of the unit changing every 2 years.
I've just had the battery changed by Sheffield Tachographs who are .only a few miles away from us and they're pretty good as they don't keep me hanging around at £20.00 it's well worth it for the peace of mind.
One thing that I find odd about the setup is that the vehicles total mileage is recorded on the Tachograph and not the instrument panel?
Anyone else come across this?

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Re: Tachographs

Postby crinklystarfish » Mon Dec 16, 2019 2:03 pm

Do you actually need a tachograph for some reason Bazza?

If you don't carry 'goods' you are almost certainly able to declare tachograph exemption.

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Re: Tachographs

Postby Bazza » Mon Dec 16, 2019 4:25 pm

No we don't need the Tachograph and I never use it except to print of the mileage occasionally.
Do I need to declare Tachograph exemption? as it's registered as a Motor Caravan and Private HGV

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Re: Tachographs

Postby crinklystarfish » Mon Dec 16, 2019 5:18 pm

No, if it's shown motorcaravan on V5C, you can just take it out.

You'd only need to declare exemption if the vehicle was subject to annual vehicle goods test rather than class 4 MoTs.

You can leave it in for your own reference if you want but there's no obligation to have it fitted.

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Re: Tachographs

Postby Bazza » Tue Dec 17, 2019 11:50 am

According to the Tachograph centre as it was a factory fit it's got to stay in or I can remove the Tacho head and fit a simulator in its place.
It's no bother to me at all so I'll leave it in place until such a time that it fails then fit a simulator.

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Re: Tachographs

Postby crinklystarfish » Wed Dec 18, 2019 9:13 pm

They're wrong.

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Re: Tachographs

Postby Ivan C » Wed Dec 18, 2019 9:38 pm

Bazza wrote:According to the Tachograph centre as it was a factory fit it's got to stay in or I can remove the Tacho head and fit a simulator in its place.
It's no bother to me at all so I'll leave it in place until such a time that it fails then fit a simulator.

I think there may be a slight mis-understanding here.
There is no legal requirement for it now, but it is integrated into the van systems in such a way that it has to stay.
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Re: Tachographs

Postby Bazza » Wed Dec 18, 2019 9:51 pm

That's the way I understand it Ivan.
It's no bother to me, the Tacho centre put it out of scope? On my last visit as my 3 year old Grandson discovered the Tacho a couple of months ago and started pressing buttons when I took my eyes of him whilst we were packing up for a trip.

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Re: Tachographs

Postby crinklystarfish » Thu Dec 19, 2019 8:57 am

Ahhhh, right. Electronics say no rather than legislation... :roll:


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