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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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