HGV operators need the microchipped smart card to download data from vehicle tachographs. This guide explains how to make an application for a digital tachograph company card.
COMPANY TACHOGRAPH CARD: A digital tachograph company smart card is about the same size as a plastic driving licence.
But, unlike your driver's licence, the digital tacho card contains a special microchip. The chip stores data taken off the driver smart card version.
The digital unit is similar in essence to the analogue tachograph. Digital units still maintain the recordings of driver activity times, rest and break periods, and other work.
But, the biggest difference is that old analogue versions can only record information to a record sheet.
Vehicle operators use a company card to control and monitor tachograph data information. It retrieves data stored inside a digital Vehicle Unit (VU). As a rule, a DVLA tachograph company card is valid for five years.
All the data must be 'locked in' to the company for the system to work with efficiency. That means you need to lock it in before you start operating the associated vehicle.
Thus, you need to 'lock out' the system when you have finished using that particular vehicle. Locking data in retrospectively is not possible because that information would open for anyone to see it.
Haulage companies must have access to the information clocked inside the digital tachographs of their vehicles. The company digital tacho card lets you download this important information and statistics.
Make your application to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. Apply for a digital tachograph company smart card by completing the DVLA Form D779B.
Note: The company card application form is for operators of haulage vehicles. This application document is also available at some MOT test centres around the United Kingdom.
Following that you should post the filled in document to the address written on the form. In fact, this is the address for Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency.
Use the same company digital tacho card form D779B if you want to:
Damaged tach cards should get returned to DVLA if you apply for a replacement. You can also order an ST2A application pack by post or online. Failing that you could always call them to request the 'ST2A' application pack.
Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency
Telephone: 0300 790 6109
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You should make a request for a company card application form to the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) in Northern Ireland.
Driver and Vehicle Agency Licensing Enquiries
Telephone: 0845 402 4000
Perhaps the biggest advantage of having a company smart card is that it allows you to 'lock' the recorded data inside the Vehicle Unit tachograph. That means other operators are unable to see the data.
This facility ensures that any personal information about you or your company drivers stays protected from your competitors. It also protects the details about driver work patterns and break time periods.
This system could be particularly important if you decide to sell a company vehicle or any time you use a hire vehicle.
The digital tachograph company smart card also allows its monitors to maintain records. The undertakings of your Operators' Licence (issued by the Traffic Commissioner) explains the procedure.
Most haulage company operators see the most helpful facility of the digital system as having the ability to download the data and information from the Vehicle Unit (VU).
This means you can perform checks on driver hours and company rostering procedures. By coincidence, these tachograph regulations are actually required by legislation.
How to Apply for a Digital Tachograph Company Card in the United Kingdom