WTD & EC 561/06
With the introduction of so much new legislation as well as changes to existing, it is no wonder that managers and drivers alike are finding things somewhat confusing. The Road Transport WTD and EC Drivers Hours Rules have seperate criteria for determining such items as breaks which gives a good example of the confusion prevelant within the industry. The undermentioned table shows the comparisons between the Road Transport Working Time Directive and the new EC Drivers Hours Rules (EC 561/06).
|Type of Duty||
Road Transport (Working Time)
European drivers hours Rules
HGV & PSV - EC561/06
|Maximum working week. attendance time||No limit on attendance/shift time as such, but an average weekly working time limit of 48 hrs will apply. 60 hours working time can be performed in a single week, if the average 48 hour week is not exceeded.||Weekly driving limit of 56 hours.|
|Maximum working day/duty time||None specified||None specified, but daily rest requirement effectively limits the length of the working day.|
|Maximum work performed at night||There is a 10 hour working time limit for night work for each 24 hour period.||None.|
|Cumulative or continuous driving||None specified||4.5 hrs maximum|
|Daily driving||None specified||9 hrs (but this can be increased to 10 hours twice a week).|
|Fortnightly driving||None specified||90 hrs maximum in any two consecutive weeks|
If driving, the break periods under European drivers hours rules take precedence.
Mobile workers must not work more than 6 consecutive hours without taking a break,
If your working hours total between 6 and 9 hours, working time should be interrupted by a break or breaks totalling at least 30 minutes.
If your working hours total more than 9 hours, working time should be interrupted by a break or breaks totalling at least 45 minutes, breaks should be of at least 15 minutes duration.
|45 minutes (either continuous or 2 breaks, the first of which must be at least 15 minutes, and the second must be at least 30 minutes).|
|Daily Rest||For drivers and other mobile workers the daily rest periods under the European drivers hours rules.||11 consecutive hrs, (reducible to 9 hrs 3 times between any two weekly rest periods).|
|Weekly Rest||For drivers and other mobile workers the weekly rest periods under European drivers hours rules.||
Within six 24 hour periods from the end of the last weekly rest period, a driver will extend a daily rest period into either: a regular
weekly rest period of at least 45 hours, or a reduced weekly rest of less than 45 hours, but at least 24 hours (any reductions must be
In any two consecutive weeks, a driver shall take at least two weekly rest periods, or one regular weekly rest period of at least 24 hours.
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