SOTAH: Croatia Keeping Up with Requirements of New Mobility Package

Lauren Simmonds

As Novac writes on the 2nd of October, 2020 – the Central Tachograph Data Processing System (SOTAH) started operating here in Croatia on the first day of October 2020. It is a digital system based on modern information and communication technologies implemented in the form of service-oriented architecture that will facilitate the monitoring of tachograph data by carriers and drivers, and provide the relevant services with tools that will enable greater safety of freight and passenger road traffic, as they stated from AKD (Agency for Commercial Activity).

SOTAH complies with all existing EU rules, and allows for upgrades in line with the changes brought in by the new Mobility Package, which relate to the working hours of mobile workers (drivers) and the protection of competition in the field of road transport. The system stores, processes and analyses a whole range of data recorded by all types of tachographs (analog, digital, smart); it enables the recording of the performed work of technicians in authorised tachograph workshops, and transport companies are provided with the easier storage of tachograph data and timely information on each transfer. From the user’s point of view, the system is platform independent, which means that it can be accessed from various devices, as well as stationary and mobile workstations.

”I’m glad that a Croatian company has designed a system that provides a number of new and advanced tools for traffic management. Competent authorities in Croatia, traffic police and inspections from SOTAH will enable more efficient operational work by increasing the number of targeted instead checks instead of random ones, which will certainly facilitate the supervision of traffic participants, but most importantly, provide objective data on the situation in freight and passenger road traffic to improve legal regulations with which we want to increase the safety of passengers, drivers and cargo,” explained Oleg Butkovic, Minister of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure.

The first in a series of users of the new system and the guarantee of its successful operation are authorised tachograph workshops, which have been trained for all work processes for a month and have tested them. One of the active participants during the trial period was Mr. Mario Stefanac, the owner of several tachograph workshops, who praised the simplicity of the system that allows him to fully view all relevant data in one place and monitor business activities in real time, as well as prepare the necessary reports.

From the 1st of October 2020, all authorised tachograph testing workshops are allowed to apply to SOTAH for the issuance of ”Test Certificate” forms and associated protective foils. From the 1st of November 2020, the workshops will be able to record all activities carried out through the application for the recording of workshop activities. In the next step, SOTAH will also be open to businesses.

The operator of the SOTAH system is the Agency for Commercial Activity (AKD), which provided a complete solution and technical ICT infrastructure, as well as logistics, so that all processes in the system could run smoothly. AKD is also the holder of public authority for the issuance of tachograph cards, which drivers can recently request through the e-Citizens (e-Gradjani) system.

”AKD is a leader in the field of creating and protecting electronic identity and implementing solutions necessary for the digital transformation of Croatian society, so in the specific field of road traffic control it ranked Croatia among the member states that managed to complete the technological migration of smart tachograph systems of the second generation,” said Jure Sertic, CEO of AKD, adding that this state-owned company is fully developing Croatian solutions, and supplying its services and products to as many as seventeen foreign countries.

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