Tacho: new rules
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• Dennis Hutchings, Freight Transport Association president, last week criticised the Government's plans to include tachograph analysis in the Data Protection Act.
Speaking at the FTA's annual dinner on Monday, Hutchings said: "Controlling the misuse of computerised personal data is one thing. Creating a bureaucracy which has now ruled that computerised tachograph charts and the use of Tachomate-type devices is in its scope seems, to put it mildly, to indicate that the Government's laudable policies are not getting through."
Operators using compu tensed tachograph analysis equipment, or using a bureau to analyse their tachograph records, are required to register under the Data Protection Act, which comes into effect on May 10.
Any company operating computer equipment which deals with personal records must register, by submitting an application form and a 222 registration fee (valid for three years) to the Data Protection Registrar in Wilmslow, Cheshire.
The ETA says it is unhappy about the inclusion of tachograph analysis equipment because the tachograph contains little sensitive data.