The Civil Guard dismantles a criminal organization dedicated to the manipulation of digital tachographs
10 people have been arrested and another 5 investigated, some of them carriers, who manipulated and sold digital tachographs, so that carriers could drive without complying with the European regulations on driving times and breaks
The Civil Guard, in an operation carried out in the provinces of Burgos, Murcia and Seville, has arrested 10 people and investigated another 5, belonging to a criminal organization dedicated to the manipulation of digital tachographs. The organization, including a carrier, manipulated and sold the digital tachographs, so that carriers could drive without complying with the European regulations on driving times and breaks.
The police operation was started by information from EUROPOL, because the organization was located in different European countries.
The organization manipulated the digital tachograph by modifying the software, offering the carrier the possibility of driving without counting the driving hours or the kilometers traveled in violation of current community legislation.
In this way, if they were stopped during a road inspection and transferred to a technical center, in order to check the tachograph, their tampering was not detected.
These types of devices are installed in all kinds of vehicles that weigh more than 3.5 tons or that can transport 9 or more people.
With this type of fraud, when the agents carry out an inspection the result is the creation of a document that misleads about its authenticity, by reflecting absolutely false registration data and different from the real ones, referring to 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.
Since the Judgment of the Supreme Court of January 15 of the present and the instruction of the Prosecutor's Office of the Road Safety Room, the manipulation of this type of tachograph devices is punished as a crime of Forgery in 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 the rights of workers.
The operation has been carried out by the Research and Analysis Group (GIAT Central), of the Civil Guard Traffic Group and personnel from the affected Commanderies (Citizen Security, Judicial Police and SEPRONA) and the Cynological Service specialists in detection have intervened. of paper money related to the illicit activity carried out by the Criminal Group.
For any information related to this press release, you can contact the Traffic Group OPC at 91.535.78. 46 ext.-224.