Poland relaxes drivers’ hours regulations until April

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Poland has relaxed drivers’ hours’ regulations. The temporary changes mean that among other things, HGV drivers are allowed to drive for 11 hours a day.

Poland relaxes drivers’ hours regulations until April
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Changes in the drivers’ hours regulations in Poland entered into force on March 4th and are planned to be valid until 2 April.

This is how the regulation has been changed:

  • daily driving time may not exceed 11 hours,
  • weekly driving time must not exceed 60 hours,
  • total driving time for two consecutive weeks must not exceed 96 hours,
  • after five and a half hours of driving, the driver must take a break of at least forty-five minutes,
  • the driver may spend a regular weekly rest period in the vehicle, provided that adequate sleeping accommodation is provided and the vehicle is stationary.

Drivers must manually note on the back of their tachograph charts or printouts the reasons why they are exceeding the normally permitted limits.

Drivers should not deviate from the rules if it jeopardises road safety.

It is hoped the measure will facilitate the vital delivery of aid amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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