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Tachograph Instruction Border Crossing from February 2, 2022

Updated: Jan 20

1 Entering the symbol of the country after crossing the border

The driver shall enter in the digital/smart tachograph the symbols of the countries in which the daily working period started and finished. From February 2, 2022, the driver shall also enter the symbol of the country that the driver enters after crossing a border of a Member State. Below is the instruction on how to deal with entering the symbol of the country when crossing the border and three examples that show what this looks like.


2 Instruction entering the symbol of the country

2.1 Border crossing

As of February 2, 2022, when crossing a border of a Member State, it is mandatory to enter and confirm the symbol of the country in the tachograph. Entering the symbol of the country should take place at the border or at the nearest possible stopping place after the border. Once the vehicle is stopped, the BEGIN COUNTRY / BEGIN PLACE must be selected and confirmed by the menu in the tachograph (this can be done while the driver card is present in the tachograph, and adding the end country/end place first is NOT necessary). See examples 1 and 2. Where the crossing of the border of a Member State takes place on a ferry or train, the driver shall enter the symbol of the country at the port or station of arrival. See example 3.


VDO manually register Begin country

Below is an example of how to enter the country in a VDO tachograph. See also the manual of the tachograph that is used in the vehicle. View the video on how to do this by clicking here.


Press OK to show the menu and select ENTRY DRIVER 1 (if also the symbol of the country of the co-driver has to be entered then also select ENTRY DRIVER 2)


Press OK and select BEGIN COUNTRY


Press OK and select the country



Press OK to confirm




The VDO tachograph works with country abbreviations. Make sure that the correct abbreviations are used and check the manual of the tachograph with these abbreviations.


Stoneridge manually register Begin place

Below is an example of how to enter begin place in a Stoneridge tachograph. See also the manual of tachograph that is used in the vehicle. View the video on how to do this by clicking here.


Press OK to show the menu and select Places


Press OK and navigate to: Begin place


Press OK and select the place



Press OK to confirm





Intellic manually register Begin place

Below is an example of how to enter begin place in an Intellic tachograph. See also the manual of tachograph that is used in the vehicle. View the video on how to change the beginning and end country on our Youtube by clicking here.


Press OK to enter menu




Select Inputs and Begin Country



Select Driver 1



Manually enter your Begin Country



Select OK to confirm


Point of attention

As known, only Spain added more detailed geographic specifications to the country symbol, so the driver has also to select the region after confirmation of the symbol of the country.


3 Examples

Example 1: The start of the daily work period is in the Netherlands (NL) and BEGIN COUNTRY / BEGIN PLACE is entered here. At around 14:00 the border is crossed with Belgium (B). Here Belgium (B) is entered as and BEGIN COUNTRY / BEGIN PLACE. At the end of the daily work period, END COUNTRY / END PLACE is entered.




Example 2: The start of the daily work period is in Belgium (B) and BEGIN COUNTRY / BEGIN PLACE is entered here. At around 11:00 the border is crossed with the Netherlands (NL). Here, the Netherlands (NL) is entered as BEGIN COUNTRY / BEGIN PLACE. At the end of the daily work period, END COUNTRY / END PLACE is entered.


Example 3: The start of the daily work period (14-11-2021 around 16:00) is in the Netherlands (NL) and here BEGIN COUNTRY / BEGIN PLACE is entered. At the end of the daily work period (start of the daily rest) END COUNTRY / END PLACE is entered (14-11-2021 around 18:30). As soon as the vehicle is on the boat (or train), in addition to the activity 'rest', the boat-train function MUST be switched on (14-11-2021 around 7:50 PM). The tachograph must be switched to the boat-train function DURING the crossing/train journey (recognizable in TLN Tachoweb by the yellow line). On arrival at the port/terminal 15-11-2021 around 7:20 am, shortly before the boat-train is leaving BEGIN COUNTRY / BEGIN PLACE United Kingdom (UK) is entered as a border passage. Immediately before leaving the boat train, also switch off the boat-train function in the smart tacho 1. At the start of the daily work period, 15-11-2021 around 8:15 United Kingdom (UK) will be entered as BEGIN COUNTRY / BEGIN PLACE. At the end of the daily work period, END COUNTRY / END PLACE is entered as usual.



Visit our YouTube channel here to see videos on how to set your Begin country on either a Stoneridge, VDO or Intellic Tachograph - Click Here

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