Deregulation for tachograph fees from January 1, 2012

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The fee for calibration and periodic inspection of tachographs will be deregulated from January 1, 2012, following a consultation with the industry.

The deregulation of the fee may result in:

  • approved tachograph centres and vehicle operators being able to negotiate a fair fee for the calibration and inspection of tachographs;
  • geographical variations in cost being accounted for;
  • support for vehicle operators looking to have tachographs calibrated during unsociable hours;
  • “future-proof” calibration/ inspection against technological changes which will affect how much work will be involved in the inspection and calibration of tachographs;
  • the removal of the need for future government involvement in fee setting; and
  • incentives for companies considering becoming an approved tachograph centre.

From January the fee charged by approved tachograph centres will be a commercial matter to be agreed with the customer presenting the vehicle.

The existing fees are still in place up to and including December 31, 2011.

A summary of the consultation responses can be found at