Drivers Hours Regulations

9 hours may be extended to 10 hours no more than twice a week in one week

Know your driver hours limits!

Daily Driving-9 hours may be extended to 10 hours no more than twice a week in one week

Weekly driving– limit of 56 hours in a week. Any fortnightly driving must not exceeds 90 hours in any two consecutive weeks. Eg one week 56 hours following week 34 hours or other war round.

Breaks-At least 45 minutes break after 4.5 hours of continuous or aggregate driving, but this can be split into two portions, the first must be at least5 15 minutes and the second must be at least 30 minutes.

TACHO2Daily Rest-The normal or regular daily rest requirement is at least 11 hours, but there is provision to reduce this to a minimum of 9 hours no more than three times between any two weekly rest period.

Split daily rest-Daily rest may only be split into a maximum of two periods with the first period being at least 3 hours and the second being at least 9 hours


Weekly rest-The normal weekly rest is an uninterrupted period of at least 45 hours. Weekly rest can be reduced to a minimum of 24 hours whether the rest is taken at base or away from base, but a full 45 hour rest must be taken at least once in each two week period.

Compensation for reduced weekly rest must be provided by the end of the third fixed week in which the reduction takes place, but must beaded to another rest period of at least 9 hours.

Double Manning Daily rest concession-In a double manned vehicle each driver will require a minimum daily rest of 9 hours (an increase of 1 hour)in each period of 30 hours

In order to take advantage of this concession, both drivers must be present in the vehicle for the whole journey except for the first hour

This allows for the possibility of the first driver collecting the second driver en-route and both drivers still being able to take advantage of the concession.

Daily rest where vehicle is on train or ferry-A full 11 hour rest period must be taken which can be interrupted up to twice but the total time of the interruptions must not exceed 1 hour  . There is no requirement for part of the rest period to be taken on land.

Rests taken in vehicle-Drivers will be able to take daily rests and reduced weekly rests away from base in a stationary vehicle provided it has suitable sleeping facilities. However, drivers have the right not to have to take such a rest in vehicle.

Recording of Emergencies-Drivers may depart from the rules in order to reach a suitable stopping place in the vent of an emergency arising.

Details of the circumstances must be manually recorded by the driver (on a chart, print out or other document)no later than at the time that the driver arrives at a suitable stopping place.

TACHODriver training –Operators must instruct their drivers so that they are aware of and in position to comply with the requirements of the regulation.

Evidence of penalties– Member states to impose penalties for infringements of the rules, even where the infringements took place in another country.

Drivers are required to carry the evidence of such penalties with them in order to prevent a further penalty being imposed for the same offence.

It is advised that they carry the evidence for the same period of time that they have to carry tacographs which is 28 days.

Transport undertaking liability-The regulations makes operators liable for infringements committed by drivers.

UK courts may take into account of mitigation indicating that an operator could not reasonably have been expected to prevent a driver from committing specific infringements.

Transport Auxiliaries Liability-The  regulation makes it a requirements for consignors, freight forwarders, tour operators, principal contractors and driver employment agencies (in addition to transport operators )to ensure that time schedules comply with the drivers hours rules.

Other work-Any other work, other than driving, will count as “other work” this includes work of any kind or with any other employer.

It should be noted that work for another employer who is not a road transport employer does not count as other work under the terms of the Road Transport working Time regulations even though it does under the driver’s hour’s rules.

Off Road Driving-Any time spent driving off-road (e.g on a construction site) counts as driving time if the driver also drives an in scope vehicle on the road during the day.

Downloads and Records- Drivers will need to produce at the road side tacographs records covering the day concerned and the preceding 28 days.

Chart, print out and hand written records must be handed to the employer within the statutory period.

Download Intervals-Driver card within 28Days and VU sticks at least every 56 days.

Charts/printouts have space on the back to hand write any incidents that are not recorded via the tacographs.

If a driver card gets lost, stolen damaged or not working as it should, two print out are required ,one at the start of the journey and one at the end .Drivers must enter their name, driver card or license number and sign the printouts.

Start and end times should be entered manually on the chart and via the VU if digital.

Centre  field completion is mandatory for analogue charts, the same data is captured from the driver card and VU stick

Manual Entries-D rivers are expected to make hand written entries in the event that the tacographs is faulty or not working  or when the information on the analogue chart or driver card print out does not reflect accurate information in respect of shift times or activities.

The back of the roll has a designated area for entering such information. Make a print out of the daily activity sheet and enter the information on the back accordingly.( as the driver would if using an analogue tacograph chart i.e. wrong mode selected or breakdown etc)