The working time of truck drivers is strictly defined by law, and with the introduction of tachographs it is possible to verify their activity. How does this issue look like for participants in the traffic of vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of up to 3.5 tons? Learn more about driver time records.
What is Kontrollbuch?
Drivers making international routes, specifically to our western neighbors – Germany, must remember to fill out the so-called Kontrollbuch. This is a document in which the traffic participant is obliged, to record information about the route performed. Lack of such records can result in a high fine. In the course of an inspection, the driver is obliged to hand over working time records up to 28 days preceding the day of the inspection. Kontrollbuch is also used in other countries such as Austria and Italy. In France, there is also an obligation to fill out the so-called. Individual Control Book or other document in which the driver’s working time is included. It is worth remembering that if you are traveling to this country, Kontrollbuch will also work.
Reporting of working time by drivers
At this point, bus drivers have a much more difficult time record reporting than truck drivers. According to the latest information, this is set to change!
As early as 2026, vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of up to 3.5 tons will have to be equipped with smart tachographs, but until then, every driver crossing our western border should be equipped with a document on which he records his working time in a very meticulous way, so as not to expose himself to a possible fine.