The NPRA and the police are responsible for checking driving time and rest periods in Norway.

The NPRA has developed a control system that has made all types of roadside inspection more efficient through the use of small hand-held terminals that are directly linked to central databases (VaDis). Both the tachograph equipment and the cards are equipped with electronic keys and certificates, ensuring that it is practically impossible to use unapproved equipment or to manipulate the recorded data.

The tachograph will record the vehicle’s activities during the last 365 days in relation to the following:

  • Driving time and rest periods for all drivers who have used a driver card and driven the vehicle
  • Which drivers have driven the vehicle, provided that they have used driver cards
  • Whether the vehicle has been used without a driver card
  • The vehicle’s speed during the last 24 hours
  • All instances in which the vehicle has exceeded the speed limits
  • Place (country) of the start and end of each trip
  • Distance travelled (km) at the start and end of each trip
  • Manually recorded data, in accordance with Commission Regulation 1360/2002/EC
  • The use of a driver card, control card, workshop card and company card
  • Setting the time
  • Loss of power or other irregularities

In order to check driving and rest periods recorded by a digital tachograph, the inspector must hold a control card. In order to be issued a control card, the inspector must have passed the necessary training and then apply for a control card from one of the NPRA’s Driver and Vehicle Licensing Offices.

The driver card records the following data for at least the last 28 days:

  • Driving time and rest periods for the card user
  • What company the driver has driven for
  • Which vehicle the driver has driven at any time
  • Place (country) of the start and end of each trip
  • Distance travelled (km) by the relevant vehicle when the driver card was inserted and removed
  • Some manually registered data