Sweden and Norway to waive fines for lack of 2.0 Smart tachographs

The governments of Norway and Sweden have decided that penalties will not be imposed for the use of old tachographs due to the unavailability of the new version.

As of August 21, 2023, in accordance with the Mobility Package regulations, newly registered trucks and buses are required to be equipped with the 2.0 version of smart tachographs.

Both the Swedish and Norwegian governments have officially declared that drivers and hauliers who are unable to install the new 2.0 smart tachograph in their vehicles by the August 21 deadline will not face fines. This decision stems from the lack of access to the latest tachograph technology.

One of the key features of these new devices is the automated recording of vehicle border crossings. However, manufacturers failed to obtain type approval for these tachographs within the expected time frame.

Additionally, the launch of the EU’s new Galileo service, which is intended to authenticate the positions of truck drivers recorded via tachographs, has been postponed. It is now projected to become operational by December 2023.

In Sweden, the government has stated that the fine exemption will remain in effect from August 21, 2023, to January 31, 2024.

In Norway, the Norwegian Road Administration has announced that violations of the requirement for a new speed recorder will not be penalized until September 30, 2023, for national transport within Norway.