Originally Posted by C2 RIBS
Thank you dry doc, no doubt VOSA and authorities like figures to confuse us/me. Final I hope relates to weight issues. At what weight does having a Tacho become mandatory for commercial work
I have 8 metre at 2.5 tonnes and 6 metre at 1.5 but van is only a Toyota Hiace and 4x4 is a terrano
Fitting a tachograph becomes compulsory when your Gross Train Weight exceeds 3500kg. Note this is the plated weight, not the actual weight.
The Toyota Hiace has a GVW of 3000kg. If you therefore tow a trailer with a GVW over 500kg behind it you will need a tacho. The Nissan Terrano has a GVW of 2510kg. If you therefore tow a trailer with a GVW over 990kg behind it you will need a tacho.
In summary, virtually any 4x4 or van towing a reasonable sized RIB for commercial use (that doesn't fall into the 50km exemption) will need a tacho. More worrying than the fine is that VOSA have the power to impound your vehicle and as you are operating outside the law your insurance would also be invalid.
I hope this helps.