The employer’s responsibility
Your employer is responsible for organising your work so that you as a driver can comply with the rules.
It is not permitted to provide payment based on the distance driven and/or the amount of goods transported if this may jeopardize road safety or encourage violation of the drivers’ hours regulations. The employer is also obliged to lock the data in the tachograph using his/her company card, and carry out regular checks to ensure that drivers follow the rules. The employer may also be made accountable for violations committed in other countries.
Obligation to download data on driving time and rest periods
All employers who have vehicles with a digital tachographs are obliged to download all information from driver's cards and tachographs regularly. These data must be stored securely for one year after registration.
When so required by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration or the police, the information must be made available. It is possible to store the data externally (for example, at a tachograph workshop), but they must be available for reading at the employer’s place when inspected by the authorities. Tachograph suppliers and others provide equipment and services for the downloading and storing of data.
All registered information about the driving time and rest periods of drivers and vehicles must be stored for one year by the employer. In addition to data from digital tachographs and driver cards, this applies to the following:
- Tachograph charts
- Printouts from the digital tachograph (if the rules have allowed printouts)
- Inspection reports or other documentation of completed inspections, issued by an inspection authority (also foreign inspection authority)
Obligations are specified in Article 10 of Regulation (EC) No. 561/2006 and Regulation (EU) No. 165/2014.