Working Time Directive

Is the time in which you can work and rest between driving tasks and conduct other working, per week, averaged over many weeks and much more before mandatory driver rest periods are legally required to be taken. This law sometimes calls it 'working time regulations'.

Road Transport WTD

The WTD regulations define 'working time' as being from the beginning to the end of the mobile workers working day.

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EU / EC Hours Rules

In the scope of the EU drivers’ hours rules, then you are subject to the Road Transport WT Regulations 2005, unless you are an occasional mobile worker.

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Enforcement & Penalties

The working time regulations for mobile workers will be enforced in Great Britain by DVSA and in Northern Ireland by DVTA. (Driver and Vehicle Testing Agency), this enforcement will mainly be as a result of complaints.

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Horizontal Directive (1998)

The number of hours worked each week should be averaged out over 17 weeks. This period of time is called the 'reference period'.

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Mobile Workers

Mobile workers are covered by the Regulations if they are involved in operations subject to the European drivers' hours’ rules or in some cases the AETR.

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Period of Availability (POA)

Generally speaking, a period of availability ( POA ) is waiting time, the duration of which must be known in advance.

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Record Keeping

Employers are required to keep a record of employees working time. It is always important that it is recorded as accurately as possible.

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Reference Periods

The Government defines a reference period as a 17 (or occasionally 18) week period where a worker's time is calculated and averages a 48-hour week.

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