Tachoweb Group (TWG): reaching across borders to tackle fraud

To the enforcement community the manipulation problem is a considerable challenge. Drivers and operators manipulation of the digital tachograph allows them to flaunt driving- and resting time rules, whilst hiding the evidence. These practices are a serious threat to road safety, fair competition and drivers’ health.


In the wake of the financial crisis fraud cases have not gone down. Specialized ‘manipulation controls’ found over 25% of vehicles checked had manipulations. At the same time the crisis has led to a decrease of overall enforcement staff in Europe by 75%. At the same time frauds have become increasingly sophisticated and technically complex. To find these ‘next generation’ frauds it is vital to have knowledge on the CAN-BUS system, motor management and their functioning as well as an efficient exchange of enforcement intelligence to not only target the fraudulent drivers and operators, but also the workshops and suppliers that facilitate them.


To this end the Tachoweb manual collects provides background on the different fraud methods and how to detect them. TWG brings together experts from the traffic inspections (ECR) and police (TISPOL). Enforcers are trained specifically in fraud detection during the master classes and at the same time given a platform to create a network of experts, facilitating a natural exchange of expertise and best practices between the enforcement organisations in Europe, with very satisfying results.

A two-pronged attack

During their dedicated checks the German BAG found that the name of one specific workshop kept popping up in a string of manipulation cases involving Romanian trucks. Through the network the BAG contacted the Romanian inspections, A.R.R and I.S.C.T.R, who immediately started procedures for an onsite investigation into the workshop. Two cases of fraud were caught red handed during the onsite inspection, which led to further company checks in the region yielding yet more cases of manipulation. Immediate fines were issued and the workshop license has been suspended in preparation for a court case that could see the license revoked permanently.


This case shows once again the importance of diligence during roadside checks coupled with swift and efficient cross border cooperation to tackle non-compliant operators and workshops.


A sentiment shared by BAG vice-president, Robert Maiworm, who in his opening statement to the master class participants offered the following words :”It is our duty and our mission to define the standards in the fight against frauds and manipulations. Guided by this spirit it is important to join our common forces and knowledge in order to improve our skills and strengthen cross border cooperation”.
 


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