Digital tachograph cards are a credit card sized plastic card that contain a
microchip. There are several different types of tachograph cards - depending on
what work you do in road haulage business you may need a different type of
Digital tachograph driver cards are required by law for bus and truck
Visit the RSA website to apply now for a digital tachograph driver card or read on to
find out more about the digital tachograph driver card.
The personal digital tachograph driver card is a credit card-sized plastic
card that contains a microchip. The card can store all relevant driver data
required for EU Drivers’ Hours regulations including break and rest times.
Your driver card:
Before a journey begins e.g. when loading/unloading or driving) you must
insert your driver card into the appropriate slot in the digital tachograph
Where a vehicle is double-manned, both driver and co-driver slots are
Similar to an analogue tachograph, a digital tachograph will record your
activities such as driving, other work, breaks and rest.
When you are doing manual entry of data into the tachograph you will be asked
(via the units menu) if you have driven any other vehicle that day and must
select whether it was by digital or analogue-recorded method.
If you are driving a vehicle fitted with an analogue tachograph you should
have a chart to record your activities.
Data must be downloaded from the driver card every 21 days. A transport
undertaking shall ensure that the data from their drivers’ digital tachograph
card is downloaded every 21 days. A self employed driver must download the data
from their digital tachograph card every 21 days. The data must be retained for
inspection by enforcement officers for a period of at least 12 months.
In you work for more than one company, you need to download data every 21
days from the driver card and retain it for inspection.
If you own a passenger or haulage company a company tachograph card enables the downloading of digital data from your vehicle units.
Visit the RSA website to Apply now for a digital tachograph company card or read on to
find out more about the company card.
A company card allows you to access the data stored in the digital
tachograph. You will also need it to protect your data in the vehicle unit (VU)
if you hire in or sell a vehicle.
The company card enables you to download data in order to comply with legal
requirements for data storage.
A company card does not store any data as such - its function is simply to
ensure that the digital tachograph vehicle unit recognises the operator before
allowing data to be downloaded.
To download data from the vehicle unit (VU) you will need a download device (
a memory stick which you can insert into the VU) and a company card ( this is to
unlock the data).
A company card cannot be used for driving
The company card should be used to lock-in data before you start using the
vehicle in order to protect data that will be subsequently recorded on your
It is not possible to protect data retrospectively and any
unprotected data will be open to all to download.
Using a company card correctly will prevent unauthorised access to data and
ensure that you comply with Data Protection law. It will also ensure that
competitors do not get access to your data on the tachograph.