Extracting driving characteristics from heavy goods vehicle tachograph charts


Cherrett, T. J. and Pitfield, D. (2001) Extracting driving characteristics from heavy goods vehicle tachograph charts. Transport and Planning Technology, 24, (4), 349-363. (doi:10.1080/03081060108717673).

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European Union regulations require haulage companies of member states like the UK to keep records of their drivers' hours of work. All heavy goods vehicles (HGV's) over 7.5 tonnes are fitted with tachographs which record a driver's operating activities (periods of driving, other work and rest). These records are etched onto a laminated chart by various styli, one of which records the vehicle's speed. This paper describes the development and testing of a new technique for extracting individual driving characteristics from the speed trace of an HGV tachograph chart to calculate four parameters: distance travelled, average speed, time travelled and speed variability.

The average speed, time travelled and speed variability were analysed statistically using one-way analysis of variance tests. Speed variability was found to be particularly useful for identifying differences between individual driver's behaviour. Once differences in behaviours can be identified it may be possible to link certain driving habits to factors such as component wear, accident rates and excessive fuel usage.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Cherrett T. J., Pitfield D., (2001). "Extracting driving characteristics from heavy goods vehicle tachograph charts" Transport and Planning Technology, paper 669
ISSNs: 0308-1060 (print)
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Keywords: tachograph, driver characteristics, heavy goods vehicle, speed variability
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
ePrint ID: 53961
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:36
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/53961

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