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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 deviceData typeOperation
Card readerDriver cardManual
Download terminalDriver cardManual
Black Box (Remote Tacho Download)Tachograph and driver cardAutomatic

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.

Tachograph fines

Tachograph fine: Please note that if you wait too long to read the data, you will not only risk a fine of €100 – €4400 per violation per tachograph, but there is also a risk that old data will be overwritten by new data in the event that the storage limit of the internal memory has been reached.


Image: VDO card reader

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