Mandatory for vehicles > 3.5 t with analogue tachographs in cross-border traffic in:
EU MOBILITY PACKAGE I - How to comply with the law and avoid violations
The Mobility Package I
Better working conditions, equal competition conditions, and more safety on the roads are the goals of Mobility Package I, the regulations of which have been implemented since August 2020.
Fairness and safety
We’ll now explain what’s behind Mobility Package I and what it means for you. We’ll show you what you need to look out for in the future and how to remain legally compliant with the DTCO 4.0 and its successor, the DTCO 4.1.
It is mandatory to enter the country symbol after crossing a border since 02.02.2022. Drivers must make the entry on the tachograph at the first available stop (EU 165/2014). Find out how to do this without losing time in our video.
Since 21.02.2022, companies are obliged to return vehicles that have been used in international freight transport to an operating site in Germany no later than eight weeks after leaving Germany. (EC 1072/2009) This also applies to vehicles rented abroad and used by the company's branch in Germany.
Also, since 21.02.2022, cabotage operations are prohibited for four days after the end of authorised cabotage transport operations in an EU member state. The period starts from the day following the last cabotage journey. (EC 1071/2009)
Companies operating in international freight transport will not need a community license for vehicles weighing more than 2.5 tonnes until 21.05.2022. However, since 21.02.2022, you can already submit corresponding applications to the authorities under national law. (EU 1072/2009) For purely domestic transports, a license is required only from a total mass of 3.5 tonnes.
All vehicles > 3.5 t* that travel across borders must be equipped with a version 2 smart tachograph (e.g. DTCO 4.1) by 20 August 2025. This means that even the vehicles equipped with a 1st-generation version of the smart tachograph (e.g. DTCO 4.0) must also be retrofitted.
* Vehicles under the definitions to which the new regulations apply.
All vehicles > 2.5 t* in international freight transport must be equipped with the advanced smart tachograph (DTCO 4.1).
* Vehicles under the definitions to which the new regulations apply.
** These deadlines depend on the respective entry into force of the EU regulations or the duration of the legislative process.
VDO DIGITAL TACHOGRAPHS
Your reliable companions – also in the future
The DTCO 4.0 is already playing a leading role in enforcing and monitoring the new standards. It not only ensures the complete and proper documentation of the recorded driver and vehicle data, but it also complies with the new safety and control requirements that came into force in 2019, ensuring that fleets comply with working, social and traffic regulations.
To comply with the Mobility Package I future regulations, the DTCO 4.0 must be enhanced to include several functions, such as even more accurate positioning. The DTCO 4.1 will fulfil all EU requirements.
COMING SOON TO THE MARKET: THE DTCO 4.1
The next generation of smart tachographs
The new DTCO 4.1 will detect and store a vehicle’s border crossings. The device will also log the position and time during loading and unloading and will be able to record this information together with driver and vehicle data for at least as long as the new regulation requires it. The new version will provide reliable data even more securely for more efficient traffic and trade monitoring.
Unlike its predecessor, the DTCO 4.1 will use the European Galileo signal (OS-NMA), one of the first industrial applications to do so. OS-NMA stands for Open Service Navigation Message Authentication. It is a technique that adds cryptographic protection to navigation messages to provide the best possible protection against cyber attacks.
VDO Fleet WILL SUPPORT YOU WITH THE MOBILITY PACKAGE
VDO Fleet Services provide competent support for fleet companies and fleet management providers during the introduction of the European Mobility Package I. The cloud solution also ensures security when current and future regulations are being implemented and adhered to. This is why Continental’s VDO brand is focusing on the best possible solutions for tomorrow and is already developing more services that will make it easier for fleet managers to monitor and comply with the new rules within the EU Mobility Package I.
EXTENDED TACHOGRAPH DUTY
Also > 2.5-tonne vehicles in the future
From 1 July 2026, the tachograph requirement will also apply to vehicles used in international commercial transport, the maximum permissible mass of which exceeds 2.5 tonnes, including trailers or semi-trailers.
Artisans with vehicles or vehicle combinations with a maximum permissible mass not exceeding 7.5 tonnes who transport their equipment or deliver their products within a radius of 100 km from their business location will be exempt from this regulation. Vehicles between 2.5 and 3.5 tonnes used for non-commercial freight transportation are also exempt. Driving must not be the main occupation of the person who is driving the vehicle.
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