Road Transport (Working Time) Guidance

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Annex B - Comparison with the European drivers' hours rules

Type of Duty Road Transport (Working Time) Regulations 2005 European drivers hours Rules
HGV & PSV
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 ½ 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
Breaks 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. For examples on the impact of mixed working - see section 5. 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 compensated for). 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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