Card reader for driver card (tachograph)
The driver card must be read out periodically to comply with the tachograph requirement. There are different types of reading 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 every 28 days.
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.
Types of card readers/driver card readers
To read the data from your driver card(s), you can choose from different types of equipment:
|Type of driver card reading device||Data type||Operation|
|Card reader||Driver card||Manual|
|Download terminal||Driver card||Manual|
|Black Box (Remote Tacho Download)||Tachograph and driver card||Automatic|
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. Different types of card readers have different functions:
- FleetGO remote download – remote driver card readings
- Digicard – driver card reading unit
- GloboFleet – card control plus
- VDO card reader
- Digifob 2.0 driver card reading unit
- RS DigiVU(+)
1: FleetGO remote download – Remote driver card readings
With Remote Tacho Download from FleetGO, a vehicle owner never has to manually download the .ddd files from vehicles or driver cards again: all files are downloaded automatically regardless of where the vehicles or drivers are located. All encrypted files are sent wirelessly to secure file storage within the cloud, archiving included.
2: Digicard – driver card reading unit
The digicard reading unit is a way of manually reading the data from your driver card and importing it to your PC via a USB connection. You do not need additional drivers for this. The digicard does not analyse your data. You need a separate digicard for each driver card.
3: GloboFleet – card control plus
GlobalFleet card control plus is a software package that allows you to manually read, import, analyse and archive information from the mass memory and one or more driver cards. This makes it a convenient way to comply with tachograph legislation regarding the analysis and storage of specific driver data.
4: VDO card reader
The VDO card reader is a way to manually read, import and archive digital (driver) data. The data can then be uploaded into TIS-web or another tachograph analysis tool.
5: Digifob 2.0 – driver card reading unit
The digifob is a unit with which you can read the data from a manual driver card. This unit helps both drivers and planners to comply with driving and driving time legislation and thus to avoid fines. If required, the unit can make a summary of the stored data for each shift and working week, on the basis of which you can make working time calculations.
6: RS DigiVU(+)
The RS DigiVU is a download tool that allows you to manually read a digital tachograph and the driver card. The tool saves the files in its internal memory, after which you can import the files to your PC via a USB connection. The tool can be expanded with software that you can use to analyse and archive your files.
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.
Image: VDO card reader