Driver Card Download Equipment

The driver card of a digital tachograph must be read out periodically to comply with the tachograph rules. There are different types of tachograph download equipment; read about them below.

The driver card

(Personal) data is stored on a driver card. The data that the tachograph registers is stored at both the driver level and on the tachograph. The driver card is personal. The driver of a vehicle that is subject to the tachograph requirement is therefore obliged to use this card. Anyone who fails to do so or who does so incorrectly can expect a hefty fine.

The registered information must be read at least every 28 days. But beware, some EU countries handle shorter periods!

What is a card reader?

A card reader allows the data that is stored in the mass memory and on the driver card to be read. Since the law requires this information to be stored for a minimum of 52 weeks, it is extremely important to have reliable reading and storage equipment.

What does a driver card record?

The driver card records personal information about every journey including:

  • the vehicles in which the card is used;
  • the mileage of the relevant vehicle;
  • the driving times;
  • the distances:
  • the journey type;
  • the presence of any co-drivers.

Types of card reader

A card reader is a part of a download key or similar device (usually integrated), with which the data from a driver card is read out manually. Below you can find some of the most used solutions to download driver card data:

  • FleetGO remote download – remote driver card readings
  • FleetGO Driver Card Download Terminal
  • DigiVU(+) download key
  • GloboFleet – card control plus
  • VDO download key
  • Digicard – driver card reading unit
  • Digifob 2.0 driver card reading unit

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