Drivers Hours Rules for Goods Vehicles in the UK and Europe
Any drivers performing work within any of our driving jobs should understand and adhere to the following rules.
Drivers Hours Rules Explained.
The European Union (EU) Drivers hours rules (RTWTR) apply to all journeys made, in whole or in part, on roads open to the public, by the following vehicles:
- Goods carrying vehicles, where the maximum permitted weight (including any trailer or semi−trailer) exceeds 3.5 tonnes.
- Passenger carrying vehicles which are constructed or permanently adapted to carry nine or more passengers including the driver.
If the maximum permissible weight of your vehicle or combination is more than 3.5 tonnes and is used entirely within Great Britain, your journey must follow EU rules.
Drivers hours rules
The main points of the rules are:
- Daily driving must not exceed 9 hours, although this may be extended to 10 hours twice a week.
- Weekly driving must not exceed 56 hours.
- Fortnightly driving must not exceed 90 hours in any two consecutive weeks.
- Drivers must take breaks that total at least 45 minutes during or after a maximum of 4.5 hours of driving.
- The break can be split into two periods, one of at least 15 minutes followed by one of at least 30 minutes.
- You cannot split breaks into three periods of 15 minutes.
- Drivers must normally take at least 11 consecutive hours of daily rest.
- This can be reduced by up to 2 hours on no more than three occasions between any two weekly rest periods.
- Drivers may split their daily rest into two periods totalling 12 hours.
- If they do, the first period must be at least 3 hours and the second at least 9 hours.
- You cannot split daily rest into more than two periods.
- Within six 24-hour periods from the end of their last weekly rest, drivers must extend their daily rest period into a weekly rest period. This may be either the regular 45-hour weekly rest or a reduced period of at least 24 hours.
- In any two consecutive weeks, drivers must take at least two regular weekly rests, or one regular and one reduced weekly rest.
- Reductions in weekly rest must be compensated by an equivalent period of rest taken in a block before the end of the third week that follows the week in which the reduced rest was taken.
For full information from VOSA please download this PDF for the Rules on Drivers Hours and Tachographs.