France clarify driver rest-period rules and announce fines
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The French authorities have confirmed that drivers of vehicles up 3.5 tons cannot serve their daily and weekly rest periods onboard their vehicles. Doing so could result in a fine of 1,500 euros.
The rules apply to carriers in France and other European states, irrespective of whether a driver is self-employed or not.
France has modified its transport code to oblige employers to pay for adequate accommodation for drivers so that they can take the required daily or weekly rest outwith their vehicles. The accommodation conditions must be compatible with „human dignity”, which effectively means that the accommodation offered must be of adequate comfort and provide access to washing and sanitary facilities.
The authorities in France also make it clear that it is the responsibility of the carrier to ensure their drivers take the necessary rest. The financial penalties are up to 1,500 euros, but this can be extended to 3,000 euros in the event of a repeat offense.
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