Alkohol interlock in all vehicles

 

Background

In the summer of 2015, a unanimous parliament approved the use of alcohol interlocs in all vehicles on the road that carry passenger transport for payment. The authorities was then tasked to investigating the economic and administrative consequences of a national regulation of alcohol interlocks in all passenger transport for payment. The mapping should include an assessment of the cost of the transport industry and the social benefits that the introduction of such an order provides. The authorities was also given the task of drawing up proposals for legal basis in order to introduce the injunction.
March 6, 2017, the report was ready and can be read in detail here.

 

What does this mean for the bus operator?

The report proposes that the regulations should come into force 6 months after the regulations have been adopted. This is to ensure that buses that without alcohol interlock installed, have a reasonable time to prepare for the regulatory requirement. A new legislation will apply for buses and minibuses from 01.01-2019. The authorities will propose that those buses already registered without alcohol interlocks before the legislation come into force are subject to a 5-year transitional arrangement.

The purpose of the transitional arrangement is that the transport companies will have time to plan the optimal optimization of the alcolocks in the vehicle fleet. They believe that a 5-year transitional arrangement will allow time to plan the installations to minimize the impact of operations. Since many PTA`s in recent years already have imposed a requirement for alkohol interlock as a safety measure, it means that there are already many buses on the road where alcohol interlocs are allready installed and will not require refitting.

 

Metrotek supplies alcohol interlock from Dräger

Metrotek is a leading supplier of reputable products for bus and other public transport. We have long and good experience with the installation and service of alcohol interlocks, we offer alcohol interlock from Dräger as we know that Dräger meets all current quality requirements. In order to ensure that reliable alcohol interlocks will be installed, the authorities have added the latest CENELEC standard from 2014 as a type-approval requirement for alcohol interlocks to be used. In CENELEC standards EN50436-1 and -2: 2014, there are a number of requirements for the alcohol interlock in terms of functionality and quality. It must withstand extreme temperatures on both sides of the scale, as well as dirt, dust and moisture that may occur in a car’s compartment. The standard also sets a number of requirements for integration with modern vehicles. The Alcohol interlock must be able to interact with modern vehicles in such a way that we do not risk having traffic hazardous situations, and situations where the vehicle stops working. A good alcohol interlock ensures good operation in the long run. A more expensive buy-in, could equally result in long-term savings. A vehicle that does not work as expected costly situation that nobody wants to end up in.

 

Approved alcohol interlock workshop

The regulation proposes that the installation of alcohol interlock and service must be carried out by a specialist workshop, known as the “Alcohol interlock workshop”, approved by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration. It is further proposed in the regulation that the follow-up of the injunction must be carried out mainly by road inspection and inspection at the approved alcohol interlock workshop. Sanctions may be directed to transport operations if the alcohol interlock is not mounted in the vehicle in question, which is stopped, if the alcolock has no power supply or if the alcolock has not been serviced.
If the transport company does not comply with the requirement for alcolock, the business may otherwise be affected by the Road Traffic Act’s provisions in chapter 5 – reactions in case of violation etc. The Road Traffic Act already has provisions that will regulate this. Metrotek has been registered as an approved alcolock workshop for several years, and we have extensive experience from assembly in a variety of vehicles. We know the public transport sector well and know that the operating companies meet big demands daily. Requirements for the routes to be run precisely, that the information to the passengers is good, and that the journey is experienced safely and conveniently. That’s why we offer solutions, expertise and follow-up in a way that makes our customers achieve maximum focus on day-to-day operations, witch creates the foundation for better and more profitable operations.

 

When introducing the alcohol interlock, procedures should first be in place

According to section 22b of the Road Traffic Act, drivers of vehicles engaged in passenger or goods transport shall not enjoy alcohol or other substances during working hours. The ban also applies 8 hours before working hours begin. In accordance with section 22b of the Road Traffic Act, an injunction for alcohol locking shall prevent any adverse impact on driving. The injunction on alcohol interlock differs from section 22b of the Road Traffic Act, because it does not regulate reactions for drivers who have driven under influence. The limitation of the alcohol interlock will only regulate whether or not a vehicle has an alcohol interlock installed ore not.

Through our long experience introducing alcohol interlock, we have learned that a good implemented action plan for using alcohol interlock can be very useful for the company, often before the implementation of the alkolock itself. It is important that everyone involved in the use and administration of the alcohol interlock system is well informed about how it works and what reactions can be expected for deviations.

For customers who consider installing alcohol interlocks, Metrotek can assist with the experience of establishing good practices and distinguishing between duty abolition and section 22b of the Road Traffic Act. Good routines may be helpful to both the employer and the employee when a situation may arise. The alcohol interlock ensure the traffic, good routines ensure the employees.