ECR-TISPOL Master Class on Digital Tachograph Fraud and Speed Limiter manipulation

Euro Contrôle Route (ECR) and TISPOL hosted the seventh master class on digital tachograph fraud in Osnabruck from June 25th until June 29th. Ms. Menke from the Osnabruck police and Mr. Pernutz from the BAG opened proceedings and in their opening speech stressed the importance of well trained enforcement staff in light of the ever increasing problem of tachograph manipulation.

The master classes were organized for the first time in 2009 and have proven to be immensely popular with the enforcement community in Europe: demand always outstrips the number of available places.

In recent years we have seen an upturn in interest from the Scandinavian countries, Finland in particular. As such the master class reaches a wider audience than the traditional ECR training events.

The master class is a three-day event. On day one the students are introduced to ECR and TISPOL, in particular the websites and the useful information they offer enforcement staff, the tachograph legislation, both current and the new legislation currently going through the European Parliament and new developments in tachograph technology.

Day 2 goes into the heart of the matter. During the morning session specialists from the TWG working group show the students the most common techniques of manipulation, as well as the more sophisticated approaches. Special attention is given to the methods of detection at the roadside.

In the afternoon students get the opportunity to put the theory into practice when they work in groups to solve several test cases. A thorough feedback session goes through the cases step by step.

Day 3 introduces the students to some of the software currently available to support their work. This master class engineers from TachoScan showed students the latest developments in the field. Finally the floor was opened to the students who were asked to give a presentation on their day to control practice concerning tachograph enforcement and manipulations. This part of the programme facilitates an exchange of good practices between the participating countries.

The master class as a whole has created a network of trained enforcement staff who often stay in touch long after the training and continue the exchange of expertise and information.
 


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