Below are given frequently asked questions and answers related to tachographs and memory cards:
A digital tachograph is a control device fitted in a vehicle to automatically record the drive mode. The following data are recorded: driving, break/rest times, activity, accessibility, speed, distance elapsed and other parameters. The data are recorded in the unit mass memory and driver card.
Mandatory implementation of digital tachographs in trucks and buses in the EU took effect on 16 June this year by Decision of the European Commission, and this also refers to countries that are not member states of the Union and which participate in the EU traffic. However, for 12 EU non-member countries, among which Macedonia, the term for applying those cards was extended to the beginning of the next year, and by that period transporters are obliged to activate digital tachographs in their buses and trucks, and in the workshops of the first country they have entered having enacted that obligation. And for us those countries are: Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Croatia and Italy. Controls of application of digital tachographs on national level will be performed by transport inspectors and the police having statutory obligation to inspect two percent of the transport companies per year. Oldest vehicles with technical possibility to use digital tachographs are Euro 4, while Euro 3 vehicles (which cannot implement these tachographs) may participate in the EU traffic up to 2012.
Memory card to be used whenever driving a vehicle equipped with a digital tachograph. This card stores the driver’s activities and those data must be achieved on each 28 days. Driver card is renewed each 5 years.
Memory card issued to transport operators to download data regarding their employees from the tachograph memory. Company card is a key to download data from the vehicle unit; however it does not store the data downloaded. The company card is valid for 5 years.
A memory card issued to authorized workshops for installing, activating and calibrating tachographs and to record data. This card is valid for 1 year.
A memory card issued to inspectors having access to all data stored in digital tachographs. This card allows downloading data. Validity period of the control card is 2 years.
No. The company card is a key to download data. If it is necessary, however, an authorized workshop may download the data by its workshop card; in that case, the data relevant for the company only will be handed in by the workshop. The company card is a key to download data from the vehicle unit, however it does not store the data downloaded.
Yes. VDO provides for solutions for most of the vehicles in use, if allowed by the manufacturer.
A vehicle may operate even without a driver card inserted in the digital tachograph. However, the digital tachograph will record any event in its memory that will be visible at any inspection (control). Driving a commercial vehicle without a driver card is a violation and the driver will be penalized.
If the driver card has been lost or stolen and the driver provides official statement, he/she is allowed to drive for a maximum of 15 days. He/she must keep the statement as evidence and must extract daily trace.
If the vehicle is not used for commercial purposes (such as testing or some demonstration purposes), the driver card is not mandatory.
In the printing menu select the vehicle activities for a relevant day. The driver has to make a trace in the beginning and at end of the working day and keep those two traces together.
– What are the driver’s obligations?
The driver has to insert his/her card in the digital tachograph any time when using the vehicle. All driver’s personal data are recorded in the tachograph and the vehicle data are recorded on the driver card. Operating the vehicle without a card will activate an event that is necessary to be proven in case of road control or later inspection.
No. Company card is a key to download data. If it is necessary, however, an authorized workshop may download the data by its workshop card; in that case, the data relevant for the company only will be handed in by the workshop.
The company card is a key to download data from the vehicle unit; however it does not store the data downloaded.
SIZ Makedonija soobrakaj AMERIT possesses public authorization for implementation of the digital tachograph system in the territory of R. Macedonia. By submitting application form, in person, registered mail or filling in online application form you will begin the procedure for obtaining memory card. Your application will be processed for not more than 15 days as of the date of submission. The price of a card is 32 euro in denar counter value