Digitális tachográf szimulátor (angol)
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DIRECTIONS AND CONDITIONS FOR USE OF THE DIGITAL TACHOGRAPH SIMULATOR
Welcome to the Digital Tachograph Simulator
This application has been designed with you in mind, to enable road hauliers to acquaint themselves and practise with the digital tachographs that have just appeared on the market. Please find the time to read these directions, which will be of help to you when using the tool.
As you will see, the programme will ask you to select a number of options before you start to use it. You will be asked to indicate whether you wish to drive a bus or a lorry and which tachograph maker you are going to use. Other options concern the way in which you are going to use the application.
How to use the application
On the one hand, you can choose different operational modes, depending in the types of card available in the simulation. If you are a driver, all you need to do is load the Operational Mode. The Company Mode will prove useful to the self-employed and SME managers, whose scope of obligations includes the management of the information contained in the tachograph in compliance with legal regulations. The Control Mode has been designed to enable you to familiarise yourself with the possibilities of downloading data and the inspections carried out by the authorities.
On the other hand, you can decide how you wish to use the simulator. Essentially, there are two ways of using it: one consists in using the demo sequences; and the other, in using it interactively as if it were a real tachograph. Similar to a video, the demonstration sequences progressively introduce the various functions and characteristics of digital tachographs. We recommend you to execute all the demo sequences to find out about the possibilities available on your tachograph; and, perhaps more importantly, to understand many of the aspects related to regulations and what you should and should not do when using the tool.
Although the sequences will enable you to gain a degree of in-depth knowledge about the digital tachograph, it is essential that you practise with it. It is for this purpose that the simulator has been equipped with an Interactive Mode. Thanks to this tool, you will find the answers to many of the questions you are likely to have about the sequences.
The interactive simulator
The interactive simulator is an environment with several areas in which you may act and/or see information.
In the lower part, you will find the digital tachograph, made up of a display, a keypad, two slots in which to insert the cards and a space to house the roll of paper used for printouts.
Just above, you will see an area which simulates the basic controls of the vehicle in which this tachograph would be installed; namely, an ignition key to activate and deactivate the service key (or switch on and disconnect the engine), an accelerator and a brake. To one side, you will see a time multiplier, a cursor which is moved by the mouse and will enable you to make the simulation go much faster at certain times. It is particularly useful when you want to simulate complete work periods or even skim across several work periods. This area also includes a button with instructions for inserting cards into the tachograph.
In this area, you will find complementary information where, in one glance, you will see a speedometer and two bars indicating the continuous driving period and the cumulative break time. The colours with which the bars are filled during a simulation will tell you whether the times are adequate or not. For instance, in the case of continuous driving, the accumulated period is green until four and a quarter hours are up; yellow from then on; and red after four and a half hours, as this would mean an infringement of regulations. For cumulative break time, the colour is initially yellow as it is not enough to restart the counter of a new, continuous driving period. However, after 45 minutes, it turns green because, according to regulations, this is enough break time to restart a driving period.
The information is completed with the time and the date when the simulation takes place and the amount of time elapsing since commencement. Bear in mind that, when using the time multiplier, the time may differ from real time as shown on your PC.
The simulator provides a number of pointers, aimed not only at understanding how the instrument works but also at a clearer interpretation of regulations.
In practice, the display is the main way in which the tachograph will communicate with you. The simulator offers you the possibility of pressing on each of the various displays so as to understand the meaning of what the tachograph is telling you at a given moment. A window and a banner will give you a brief explanation of the content. Additionally, in some cases, you can obtain further information by using the hyperlinks appearing in bold inside these windows. By clicking on them with the mouse, you may obtain additional information on usage, such as, for instance, the meaning of the pictograms, a list of places where the tachograph may be used, definitions of certain terms, possible events and so on.
Whenever you cannot understand something that appears on the tachograph screen, please remember to click on the display with the mouse to receive help.
The simulator also provides other facilities to ensure that its use is a positive experience. Particularly worth mentioning are the simulator window, located top-right, and the suggestions window, situated bottom-right.
The simulator window is a message or event window. It will provide an explanation of many of the things that may happen in the course of the tachograph's use; for instance, the purpose of the alarms, the reason for unexpected or automatic changes, etc. We recommend you to take a regular look at this window so as to gain a full understanding of how the tachograph works.
The suggestion window will give you constant advice as to which keys or which actions may be the most recommendable, depending on each situation.
At this point, it would be a good idea to mention the help available when making data printouts. On-screen printouts or paper print-outs are one of the ways in which the digital tachograph extracts a summary of the information stored both in the tachograph and on cards; for instance, during a control or simply for the purpose of analysis by the driver or the manager. Either in the sequences or by interaction, you will see that much of the information contained in these reports requires interpretation. With this end in view, a printout help system has been designed, essential when trying to understand content and getting used to reading such reports. This printout help is requested by clicking on the printout strip with the mouse to open the windows which explain the content of the various locks while you listen to the commentary.
Lastly, it is worth noting that, when working with the tool, if you use the mouse on certain buttons or slots, you will find a number of temporary pointers as to how these buttons may be used.
Limitations to the simulator's functioning
Please take into account that this application is a tool designed to train and inform and that in no way does it seek to substitute the full functioning capacities of a real digital tachograph. Accordingly, a situation may occasionally arise in which the simulator's performance differs from that of a real tachograph made by the same manufacturer, or there exist functions which are not implemented.
To give a couple of examples, in the real operation of tachographs, no driver may access the personal identification records of other drivers, who will come out blank data printouts, with incomplete identification numbers. Likewise, in the Company Mode, if lock-ins are made, no other company may access drivers' activities while the lock-in is active. These two cases, along with some others, are not implemented in the digital tachograph simulator because the information has been presented in a simpler manner so as to facilitate training.
PIII at 500 MHz or more
128 Mb RAM
300 Mb free space on disk (only in the case of downloading)
W98, W2k or XP
Internet Explorer, Version 5.X or later
Users are recommended to activate the loudspeaker on their PC so as to hear the simulator's commentaries. In any event, the commentaries are a literal reproduction of the banners appearing in the windows.
Conditions of use of this application
It is the intention of the Spanish Ministry of Public Works to help users, i.e., road hauliers, to learn to operate the digital tachograph, providing all the information available so as to ensure its successful implantation. Nevertheless, the following conditions of use should be taken into account:
The Spanish Ministry of Public Works reserves the rights of reproduction, distribution, transformation, public communication, maintenance, rectification of errors, assignment, sale, rental, lending and whatsoever other intellectual copyright or industrial property right to which it may be entitled as to the content of this IT tool. It is forbidden for third parties to exercise the aforementioned rights, irrespectively of the means or manner in which they were to arise, without the prior written consent of the Spanish Ministry of Public Works. This development is governed by Spanish law and is protected by Spanish and international laws concerning intellectual copyright and industrial property rights. The content of this tool, i.e., text, images, signs, graphs, and so on, is classified as a computer programme and as such, all Spanish regulations in force are applicable to it.
The Spanish Ministry of Public Works does not accept responsibility for any possible unintentional errors which may exist in the tool, or for any technical problems, mechanical failures or viruses in the IT systems (software and hardware) or in the electronic documents and files stored in the IT equipment and produced during connection to the Internet, either through the Spanish Ministry of Public Works' website or through the websites of third parties. Moreover, it shall not be responsible for any possible infringements concerning intellectual copyright or industrial property rights as may be committed by any user of this tool.
The Spanish Ministry of Public Works reserves the right to modify the content and components which form part of this IT tool and may do so without giving prior notification thereof, as and when it deems fitting, in accordance with the performance of its functions.
The exclusive purpose of the tool is to provide training for users of the digital tachograph and accordingly, it does not reproduce all the characteristics of real devices. The Spanish Ministry of Public Works declines all responsibility for undue use other than that of exclusive training activity.
Users of this tool may download, view and print the information contained, solely and exclusively for personal, non-commercial purposes.