Digital Tachograph News

Digital Tachograph
  • Next ERCA Sessions

  • May 2014: 7 and 21

  • June 2014: 4 and 18

  • July 2014: 2

  • Highlights

  • M. S. A. identification and the National Security Policy documents must be sent only to ERCA

  • non EU - AETR countries must send, for the first time their documents to UNECE.

  • Tenth Amendment on (EEC) No 3821/85 published on 16/12/2009 - (EU) 1266/2009

  • Recently we were informed that two Card Issuing Authorities had an unexpected failure of their H.S.M. unit.

About Digital Tachograph

General information

The European Commission through the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of Ispra (Varese, Italy) carried out the technical activities to fulfill the two following requirements on behalf of DG TREN:
* Council Regulation, 2135/98 Annex I(B) Appendix 11 requirement CSM_007 At European level, a single European key pair (EUR.SK and EUR.PK) shall be generated".

The European private key shall be used to certify the Member States public keys. Records of all certified keys shall be kept. These tasks shall be handled by a European Root Certification Authority (ERCA), under the authority and responsibility of the European Commission.
* Council Regulation 2135/98, Annex I(B) requirement 278: "Interoperability tests are performed by a single laboratory under the authority and responsibility of the European Commission".

The laboratory competent for Interoperability Tests shall run a public web site on which will be updated the list of recording equipment or tachograph cards models:
  • for which a request for Interoperability tests have been registered;
  • having received an interoperability certificate (even provisional);
  • having received a type approval certificate.

Main Digital Tachograph deliverables

The main Digital Tachograph deliverables are:

  • ERCA - The Member State / National Authority Identification and policy review and the key generation;
  • Interoperability tests on the recording equipment [VU] and on the different types of Digital Tachograph cards.

On April 1- 2005, Administrative Arrangement (AA) No. TREN/05/ST/S07.41648 , named "Digital Tachograph", entered into force between DG Energy and Transport (DG TREN) and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) with the start of the first phase of the AA, covering the period between 01/04/2005 and 31/12/2005.

The second phase, entered in force in January 2006 up to the end of the year. Amendments were signed to assure the activities until the end of June 2008.

On June 27, 2008, a new Administrative Arrangement, N° TREN-E1-08-M-ST-SI2.503224 between Directorate General for Energy and Transport (DG TREN) and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) was signed.

The JRC shall perform the work within 48 months counted from the signature of the AA.

The Digital Citizen Security Unit, of the Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC), is in charge of the European Root Certification Authority (ERCA) and of the laboratory for interoperability testing - the Digital Tachograph Laboratory - DTLab.