Scania and Dutch Transport Inspectorate cooperate in the fight against tachograph manipulations

Scania and Dutch Transport Inspectorate cooperate in the fight against tachograph manipulations

Truck manufacturer Scania and the Dutch Transport Inspectorate (ILT) start cooperating to combat tachograph-related frauds. Scania trained ILT inspectors so that they would be able to detect even the most advanced types of fraud.

Cooperation began in February when ILT stopped 12 trucks from Latvia. There were modifications previously unknown in Europe in all the vehicles. The trucks were taken over by Scania Amsterdam inspection station. The Swedish Scania branch commissioned to examine any deviations from the original software state and not returning the trucks until it is restored to its original state.

Scania engineers discovered that some of the tucks had additional control units built in thanks to which driver could change the tachograph status to rest and then continue the journey. One of the chips was also replaced for an identical one.

Modern test methods

According to the service manager in Scania, these manipulations were certainly made by professionals – the changes would not be detected by the police or even the tachograph calibration services. The company showed the inspectors what the trick is and how it can be detected. All Scania services were instructed to also inspect the above deviation during the maintenance. The Dutch Transport Inspectorate (ILT) has also received new equipment which is able to check whether a tachograph is manipulated. Cooperation with Scania provided the inspectors with more precise knowledge and thanks to the new measuring instruments the inspectors are able to check the electrical system in a truck, being a standard on the Dutch roads, by themselves.

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