EEC type tads° out next month
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A TACHOGRAPH which will meet European Economic Community specifications will be generally available by the end of this year. Smiths Industries Ltd, commercial vehicle special products division announced last week, that it will go into production with an EEC-type instrument in September and by October 1 it will be producing 1,000 units a week.
lnitally, the whole of the production will go to vehicle manufacturers for fitting as optional original equipment but supplies will be available to operators by the end of the year. This will be particularly welcome to operators of vehicles carrying dangerous goods vvhch have to be fitted with tachographs by January 1, 1976 if Britain stays in the Common Market. The unit is a single-driver version but it can be used for two-driver operation by the addition of a "slave" unit. According to the Department of the Environment, the only non-driving crew members who will need to keep techograph records are likely to be steersmen or driving instructors.
Smiths hope to have 150 fitting and calibration centres operating by the end of this year.
At the same time, the company has announced the production of a new Weighwrite dynamic axle weighing system (ADS) which prints out a weight ticket showing the weight of each individual axle. It will also add the total gross weight at the press of a button.