France introduces a new working and rest time offence. Check what fines are foreseen

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France introduces a new working and rest time offence. Check what fines are foreseen

Last week, legislation introducing new offences entered into force in France. The decree supplements the list of infringements of drivers’ weekly rest obligations. 

Since Thursday 27 August, Decree No 2020-1088 of 24 August 2020 has been in force in France, bringing in 2 new offences concerning the weekly rest period for road freight transport. The decree has introduced new offences consisting of taking rests too late

This includes: 

– delaying by less than 12 hours the obligation to take a weekly rest after six consecutive 24-hour periods from the previous weekly rest period – this offence is subject to a fine for class 4 infringements, i.e. €750,

– delaying by 12 or more hours the obligation to take a weekly rest after six consecutive 24-hour periods from the previous weekly rest period – this offence is subject to a fine for class 5 infringements, i.e. €1500. 

As a reminder, pursuant to Regulation (EC) 561/2006, a weekly rest period must begin at the latest at the end of six 24-hour periods (counting from the end of the previous weekly rest period).

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