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Relaxed enforcement of drivers’ hours extended to end of May 2020

Following discussions between road haulage representatives and the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, the DfT  announced that the current temporary relaxation of the enforcement of EU drivers’ hours will be extended to all road haulage operations from 23:59 on Sunday 31 May 2020. The relation applies to both EU drivers’ hours and GB rules.

EU drivers’ hours rules

The EU drivers’ hours rules can be temporarily relaxed as follows:

a) Replacement of the EU daily driving limit of 9 hours with one of 11 hours

b) Reduction of the daily rest requirements from 11 to 9 hours

c) Lifting the weekly (56 hours) and fortnightly driving limits (90 hours) to 60 and 96 hours respectively

d) Postponement of the requirement to start a weekly rest period after six 24 hours periods, for after seven 24 hours period; although 2 regular weekly rest periods or a regular and a reduced weekly rest period will still be required within a fortnight

e) Drivers using the relaxation at ‘b’, reducing their daily rest from 11 hours to 9, can still use the derogation allowing them to interrupt their daily rest, by up to one hour, to embark and disembark from a train or a ferry

Drivers must not use relaxation ‘a’ and ‘d’ at the same time. This is to ensure drivers can get adequate rest.

GB drivers hours rules

The GB drivers’ hours rules can be temporarily relaxed as follows:

a) Replacement of the GB duty time limit of 11 hours with 12 hours

b) Replacement of the GB daily driving time limit of 10 hours with 11 hours

Drivers can only take advantage of this temporary relaxation 5 days in any 7 day period, and must take a rest period of 24 hours within the same 7 day period when taking advantage of this relaxation.

Previously the relaxation of enforcement only applied to transport operations in food and supermarket supply chains. The relaxation is designed to help with overcoming supply chain shortages due to panic buying and stockpiling by consumers.

Any drivers exceeding drivers’ hours limits must note on the back of their tachograph charts or printouts the reasons why they are exceeding the normally permitted limits. This is usual practice in emergencies and is essential for enforcement purposes.

If you need a Software as a Service solution accessible anywhere you have an internet connection to manage your drivers’ hours see SmartAnalysis.

For the full details see the gov.uk web site.

Posted on: 20.05.2020

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