At an extraordinary meeting of the UNECE Working Party on Road Transport (SC.1) held in Geneva on 22 and 23 April 2010, the Parties to the European Agreement on the Work of Personnel of Vehicles Engaged in International Road Transport (AETR) reached an agreement within a six-month grace period for the implementation of the digital tachograph at pan-European level, no later than 31 December 2010. The introduction of the digital tachograph, which monitors the driving and rest periods of professional drivers operating in international transport under the AETR and relevant EU rules, became mandatory for EU Member States in June 2006 and will become binding on non-EU AETR Contracting Parties on 16 June 2010 after a transitional period of four years. Despite all the efforts and apparent progress made in the introduction of the digital tachograph, some of the non-EU Contracting Parties may not be ready to fully implement it within the set deadlines. The European Convention of 1 July 1970 on The Action of Personnel engaged in International Road Transport (AETR) of 5 January 1976 has entered into force These measures, to be applied during the tolerance period with regard to the implementation of the digital tachograph by the Contracting Parties to the AETR, are as follows: The «Tolerance Package» lays down the conditions to be imposed by drivers of vehicles, who are admitted to countries which do not comply with the deadline must be respected in order to be able to enter the territory of the Member States before the end of this year without being subject to fines or refusal of entry. Further information is available at: www.unece.org/trans/doc/2010/sc1/ECE-TRANS-SC1-S-390e.pdf In response to the concerns expressed by some participants, the European Commission has given assurances that technical assistance will continue to be provided through the Technical Assistance and Information Exchange Programme (TAIEX) to all parties requesting such assistance through their TAIEX Contact Point. national. The following countries are Contracting Parties to the AETR: Albania, Armenia, Andorra, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Croatia, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Moldova, Romania, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Spain, Sweden, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Hungary, Switzerland, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, The United Kingdom and Uzbekistan. Virginia Tanase Economic Affairs Officer, UNECE Transport Division Email: Virginia.Tanase@unece.org. . .
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