Poland introduces temporary relaxation of drivers’ hours rules
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The Polish Government has decided to relax drivers' hours rules until the end of September, saying the measure is necessitated by the situation caused by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
In a statement, the country’s Ministry of Infrastructure said:
“The decision to introduce them [the relaxed rules] was made in connection with the extraordinary situation caused by the war in Ukraine, the EU sanctions package against Russia and Belarus, and the need to maintain the smooth supply of goods.”
The temporary changes to drivers’ hours rules in Poland are as follows:
- an extension of the maximum permissible daily driving time from 9 hours to 11 hours;
- an extension of the maximum permissible weekly driving time from 56 hours to a maximum of 60 hours;
- an extension of the maximum permissible fortnightly driving time from 90 hours to a maximum of 96 hours;
- an extension of the maximum driving time, after which a break of 45 minutes is required, from 4 hours and 30 minutes to 5 hours and 30 minutes;
- the possibility for the driver to spend a regular weekly rest period in the vehicle, as long as he has a suitable sleeping berth for each driver and is stationary
The Ministry of Infrastructure emphasizes that when using the relaxation, safety should not be compromised.