Digital tachograph cards are a credit card sized plactic card that contains a microchip. There are several different type of tachograph cards - depending on what work you do in road haulage business you may need a different type of card
Drivers of buses and trucks are required by law to use a digital tacho card. A driver card stores data about the drivers, including break and rest times. Find out how to apply for driver card and what to do if you lose your card
If you own a passenger or haulage company a company tachograph card will allow you to download the digital data from your vehicle units.
Workshop tacho cards are issued to authorised workshops only. The card allows calibration of the digital tachograph itself.
Control tachograph cards are available only to enforcement officers ( RSA Transport Officers and the Garda Siochana ). They are used to enforce digital tachograph legislation.
The law exempts the use of a tachograph for certain commercial vehicles
Digital tachographs are devices fitted to buses and trucks. They record the amount of time drivers spend driving and resting, as well as capturing data about the vehicle. Digital tachographs are now mandatory in the EU.
The RSA have produced many guides in the area of tachographs and drivers hours.
Tachograph recording equipment for vehicles is mandatory in the EU. Tachographs record key driver and vehicle information, as well as generate records that monitor the drivers' compliance with driving time rules.
Note. Publication of Convictions: In circumstances where a person or operator is convicted of a road transport related offence, details of the conviction (including name and penalty applied) will be published on the RSA website at www.rsa.ie
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is currently undertaking two reviews - one concerning reducing the risk behaviours and increasing the safety of professional drivers and the other is concerned with alternative sanction options. Find out more here.