The NPRA is responsible for ensuring that digital tachographs are used in Norway. This responsibility includes:

  • issuing necessary cards to drivers, transport enterprises, workshops and inspectors
  • exchanging necessary information with other countries
  • drawing up national regulations for the use of digital tachographs
  • type approval of tachograph cards and tachographs; checking that the equipment is used as intended, in collaboration with the police
  • providing users and other stakeholders with the necessary information about the use of digital tachographs

If an analogue tachograph breaks down, it must be replaced with a digital one.

Digital tachographs will replace analogue tachographs as the vehicle fleet is renewed.

Drivers of vehicles in which digital tachographs have been installed, enterprises that own vehicles with digital tachographs, workshops that perform work on digital tachographs, NPRA inspectors, and the police must be familiar with digital tachographs.

You need a tachograph card in order to operate a digital tachograph. There are four types of cards:

  • Driver card
  • Company card
  • Workshop card
  • Control card

The most important difference for the user, compared to analogue tachographs, is that data on driving time and rest periods are recorded in the tachograph and on smart cards (tachograph cards) instead of on diagram charts. Tachograph cards are issued to drivers, transport enterprises, workshops and inspectors.

The fee for a tachograph card is currently NOK 650.

A digital tachograph is a small computer that is installed in the vehicle. Information about the vehicle’s activities is recorded continuously and stored in the tachograph.

Driver card

If you are to drive a vehicle with a digital tachograph, you need to have your own driver card. Install the card in the vehicle unit before you start driving. The driver card records information about your driving and it is therefore personal.

Company card

Transport enterprises need a company card, which is used to download data from the vehicle unit. This must be done at least once a month.

Workshop card

Mechanics working in an approved workshop for digital tachographs must hold a workshop card in order to perform work on the tachograph.

Control card

Inspectors must hold a separate control card in order to check the driving time and rest periods recorded by the tachograph’s vehicle unit.

These pages provide information about digital tachographs, the use of tachographs, and applicable