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Trust the tacho

21st May 1976, Page 19
21st May 1976
Page 19
Page 19, 21st May 1976 — Trust the tacho
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Which of the following most accurately describes the problem?

THE CIVIC TRUST has joined the great tachograph debate— and it has come out strongly in favour of tachos because it believes they will encourage sensible driving.

The tachograph "is intended to promote the welfare of drivers by helping to obtain compliance with provisions that limit drivers' hours," says the Trust.

Until Britain comes down on the side of the tacho "a tarnish attaches to this country's reputation not only as an upholder of the rule of law but also because a measure that should promote road safety and protect the environment is being delayed," it argues.

The Civic Trust maintains that the tacho aids safety by deterring the driver from accelerating and braking fiercely, and that it reduces fuel usage and tyre and engine wear, thus reducing noise and vibration. "A wider public— the public affected by lorries —therefore has a legitimate interest in the issue."

Adds the Trust: "It is right that heavy lorries should be sensibly controlled—and responsible drivers are more likely to win the respect of the public if the public knows they are subject to reasonable supervision."


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