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FTA urges operators to prepare for new digital tacho paper standards

The Freight Transport Association is warning operators to prepare for changes to digital tachograph specifications, which come into force on 1 October. New rules will impose a quality standard for the paper that is used to print data from the vehicle unit where this is used as a legal document.

The new standard will mean that all digital paper rolls will have to meet a number of key criteria, including heat resistance, low temperature resistance and light resistance. The changes aim to ensure that the printouts remain clearly legible and identifiable, under normal conditions of storage, for at least one year. The ink can fade on poor quality paper if it is exposed to sunlight or grease, for example.

Sam Law, General Manager of Shopfta, said:

“Shopfta has always supplied printer rolls that meet these new requirements and will, of course, continue to do so. However, I advise operators to check their supplies to make sure that they all meet the new standards. We also offer discounts for bulk orders which is a help with the legal requirement to ensure that each vehicle carries a sufficient stock of tachograph rolls.”

Durable and long-lasting, the EU-approved digital tachograph paper rolls sold by Shopfta are made from top quality thermal paper. They are also versatile and can be fitted to all makes of digital tachograph.

A box of three EU-approved digital tachograph paper rolls is available from Shopfta at £5.95 plus VAT per box for FTA members, £6.20 plus VAT for non-members, with discounts for bulk orders. Order online at or call 08717 11 11 11, quoting code 4157.
59 Piccadilly Manchester M1 2AQ
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