Working time—goods and passenger vehicle drivers

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

  • Working time—goods and passenger vehicle drivers
  • The legislative framework
  • EU legislation
  • Domestic legislation
  • European Agreement Concerning the Work of Crews of Vehicles Engaged in International Road Transport (AETR)
  • Implications of Brexit and IP completion day
  • Which set of rules applies
  • Retained EU drivers' hours rules
  • When the retained EU Rules apply in the UK
  • Exemptions from and derogations to the retained EU Rules
  • More...

Working time—goods and passenger vehicle drivers

Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note is updated to take account of the temporary relaxation of drivers’ hours rules as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For details of those relaxations, see: Coronavirus (COVID-19): temporary relaxations, below.

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 the detail 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 and the Department for Transport (DfT) is available on the GOV.UK website. This provides an explanation

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