Drivers Hours Law

If drivers are in control of an HGV, LGV goods vehicle or a passenger-carrying vehicle a business and it's drivers must follow the driver hours law rules on how many hours drivers are allowed to drive on the highway without rest and what breaks periods must be taken to comply with the law.

Additional Driver Hours

There are some specific factors that can have a bearing on the role of an HGV driver under EU Hours Rules.

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Determining PSV Rules

The tables below will guide you through the process of what rules apply to your operation based upon the type of vehicles operated.

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PSV Exemptions & Derogations

On 11th April 2007, the Regulations governing drivers hours changed, and Council Regulation (EC) No 3820/85 was replaced by Regulation (EC) No 561/2006.

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HGV Rules

The flow chart below will guide you through the process of what rules apply to your operation

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AETR Rules

European agreement concerning the work of crews of vehicles engaged in international road transport (AETR). Journeys to or through the countries that are signatories to the  AETR  Agreement see list EU, AETR and EEA Countries are subject to  AETR rules.

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Driver Rest Periods

A driver must take a daily rest period within each period of 24 hours after the end of the previous daily or weekly rest period.

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Driving Time Regulation

Driving Time Regulation is vital, after a driving period of no more than 4.5 hours, a driver must immediately take a break of at least 45 minutes unless they take a rest period. A break taken in this way must not be interrupted.

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Enforcement Powers & Penalties

The powers and sanctions available to enforce breaches of drivers' hours for goods vehicles come via the enforcement agencies – DVSA and/or Police.

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EU Driving Limits & Rules

A break of no less than 45 minutes must be taken after no more than 4.5 hours of driving and can be divided into 2 periods.

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GB Domestic Rules

The Great Britain domestic rules, as contained in the Transport Act 1968, apply to most goods vehicles that are exempt from the EU rules. Separate rules apply to Northern Ireland.

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HGV Exemptions & Derogations

The page contains a list of vehicles or uses that are exempt from the EU rules regardless of where the vehicle is driven within the EU.

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Driving Regulations & Rules

Many drivers spend some of their time driving under one set of rules and some under another set, perhaps even on the same day.

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Driving Rules Overview

Many drivers spend time driving under one set of rules and some under another set, perhaps even on the same day.

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Work & Working Time Rules

The working time rules that apply to you depend on whether you drive a vehicle in the scope of the EU or GB domestic drivers’ hours’ rules.

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