Belgium relaxes drivers’ hours’ regulations due to the chaos of the French border closure

Belgium relaxes drivers’ hours’ regulations due to the chaos of the French border closure

Belgium has relaxed drivers’ hours’ regulations for drivers affected by French border closure with Great Britain, reports the Spanish haulier association Fenadismer.

France temporarily closed its borders with Great Britain on Sunday midnight, causing hundreds of EU-bound trucks to remain idle in Kent.

To ease the difficulties caused by the border closure, Belgium has adopted changes in the drivers’ hours’ regulation for the affected drivers: 

  • Daily driving hours: possibility of extending driving hours from 9 to 11 hours.
  • Rest time: possibility to modify rest times, and take a 45-minute break after five and a half hours of driving.
  • Daily rest time: possibility of reducing the daily rest time from 11 to 9 hours.
  • Weekly driving and weekly rest hours : possibility of taking the weekly rest after having driven beyond the maximum six daily periods.

The Spanish transport association Fenadismer has urged the European Commission to take action on this issue and dictate common standards for all countries.


Photo credit @ „Ferry Truck Deck” by Trevor Dennis is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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