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The British Department of Transport reminds hauliers that EU regulations on driving hours and drivers’ hours are changing from tomorrow, 20 August.

Driving hours

A driver will be allowed to exceed the daily or weekly driving time by a maximum of one hour to reach his base or place of residence in order to take a weekly regular and reduced rest period. However, the condition is that the extra hour of driving must not jeopardise road safety.

Any extended working time must be compensated by an equivalent period of rest, taken in one go before the end of the third working week following the week in which the extended driving took place.

All driving that drivers do under EU rules must be recorded on a tachograph.

Changes to EU driving rules from 20 August

The new rules include:

  • a requirement for drivers’ to ‘return home’ every 4 weeks
  • a ban on taking regular weekly rest periods in the driver’s vehicle
  • a new definition of ‘non-commercial carriage’
  • more flexibility on the scheduling of the rest periods for some drivers on international carriage of goods
  • new provisions for rests and breaks for drivers when journeys involve transport by ferry or by rail
  • a new requirement to keep a full record of all other work.

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