EU Legislation

At both European and international level, the digital tachograph is required by law.

This section will provide you with an overview of the different texts adopted and their official references.

To access legal texts of EU Digital Tachograph legislation, we recommend you the Eur-Lex website on which by entering the text reference number, you can access Digital Tachograph Legislation regulations in all EU official languages.

At the European Union level, the digital tachograph legislation is the following:

 

Digital Tachograph Legislation Regulation (EEC) n°3820/85 of 20th December 1985 on the harmonization of certain social legislation relating to road transport (also called ‘Drivers’ Hours’ Rules’)

Digital Tachograph Legislation Regulation (EEC) n°3821/85 of 20th December 1985 on recording equipment in road transport (also called ‘Analogue Tachograph’)

Digital Tachograph Legislation Regulation (EC) n°2135/98 of 24th September 1998 amending Regulation (EEC) n°3821/85 on recording equipment in road transport and Directive 88/599/EEC concerning the application of Regulations (EEC) n°3820/84 and (EEC) n°3821/85 (also called ‘Digital Tachograph’)

Digital Tachograph Legislation Regulation (EC) n°1360/2002 of 13th June 2002 adapting for the seventh time to technical progress Council Regulation (EEC) n°3821/85 on recording equipment in road transport (Text with EEA relevance) (also called ‘Technical Specifications of Digital Tachograph’)

Digital Tachograph Legislation Directive 2002/15/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11th March 2002 on the organisation of the working time of persons performing mobile road transport activities (also called ‘Working Time Directive’)

Digital Tachograph Legislation Regulation (EC) n° 561/2006 of 15 March 2006 on the harmonization of certain social legislation relating to road transport and amending Council Regulations (EEC) n°3821/85 and (EC) n°2135/98 and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) n°3820/85

Digital Tachograph Legislation Directive 2006/22/EC of 15 March 2006 on minimum conditions for the implementation of Council Regulations (EEC) n° 3820/85 and (EEC) n° 3821/85 concerning social legislation relating to road transport activities and repealing Council Directive 88/599/EEC

At international level, drivers' activities are regulated by the European Agreement concerning the work of Crews of Vehicles engaged in International Road Transport (AETR), of 1st July 1970 (Consolidated text dated 1999).

More information about the AETR is available on UN Economic Commission for Europe website. The AETR Agreement is available in English, French and Russian languages.