Working time—goods and passenger vehicle drivers
Working time—goods and passenger vehicle drivers

The following Employment guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Working time—goods and passenger vehicle drivers
  • The legislative framework
  • Only one set of rules can apply
  • EU drivers' hours rules
  • Domestic drivers' hours rules
  • Self-employed drivers
  • Remedies

Drivers and operators of goods vehicles and passenger vehicles may be subject to UK domestic or EU working time rules in relation to daily driving and duty limits, breaks and rest requirements. Which set of rules (if any) applies depends on the type of driving and the type of vehicle being used.

The rules are complex and detailed coverage of them is beyond the scope of this Practice Note. Instead, this Practice Note provides an overview of the key legislation and signposts where further information can be obtained.

Those operating and driving certain goods and passenger vehicles are required to keep records of hours, typically using a tachograph. Consideration of these legal requirements is also beyond the scope of this Practice Note, but for information regarding the criminal offences relating to falsification of these records, see Practice Note: Falsifying drivers’ records and tachographs.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is responsible for enforcement in the UK. Detailed guidance from the DVSA is available on the GOV.UK website. This provides an explanation of the rules on how many hours lorry, bus and coach drivers can drive, exemptions from the rules, and when the rules can be relaxed temporarily.

Further detailed guidance is also available in relation to:

  1. rules on drivers’ hours and tachographs for goods vehicles in Great Britain and Europe (sometimes known as the