The Civil Guard detains 26 carriers for using manipulated digital tachographs

In the first phase of this operation, 38 people were arrested for manipulating and selling the tachographs. Now, the Civil Guard has arrested the businessmen and carriers who were using these falsified devices

The arrests have taken place in the provinces of Murcia, Alicante, Valencia, Cantabria, Ciudad Real, Huelva, Córdoba and Alicante

The Civil Guard has arrested a total of 26 businessmen and drivers who were using manipulated digital tachographs. The arrests have been carried out in several Spanish provinces: Murcia, Alicante, Valencia, Cantabria, Ciudad Real, Huelva, Córdoba and Alicante.

This is the second phase of the Pantaco operation, with which the Civil Guard already dismantled last year an organization dedicated to the manipulation and sale of manipulated tachographs.
After analyzing the documentation seized from the 38 previously detained, Traffic Civil Guards have managed to identify the professionals in the sector who were using these falsified devices, a total of 26 carriers and businessmen.
The use, installation and use of this type of manipulated tachograph devices is punishable as a crime of falsification of an official document, in addition to the possibility of investigation of the company that has them installed in their vehicles, and may be investigated for a possible crime against workers' rights.
This type of device is installed in all kinds of vehicles that weigh more than 3.5 tons or that can transport 9 people or more. The dismantled group manipulated the digital tachograph by modifying the software, offering the carrier the possibility of driving without being counted the driving hours or the kilometers traveled.
Thanks to this type of fraud, when the agents carry out an inspection, the result is a document that misleads its authenticity, reflecting absolutely false registration data and different from the real ones. This falsified result contains information regarding driving times, rest, availability, other jobs, speed and distance traveled, with the consequent danger to road safety, in addition to unfair competition for the rest of the sector.
Investigations continue to be opened by the Investigating Court that is hearing the case, not ruling out subsequent arrests.


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