Drivers’ hours law and tachographs post Brexit

Posted by AndrewT on 19th Oct 2018

With the UK leaving the EU at the end of March 2019 now only 5 months away, many operators are asking what this means for drivers’ hours law and tachograph legislation as it applies throughout the EU. After Brexit EU laws will continue to apply because the UK Government will repeal The European Communities ACT 1972 (ECA) and bring all EU laws onto the UK books. This maintains the current situation and means there will be no changes in the short to medium term. It is possible that at some point in the future the laws could be amended. However, as these regulations exists for road safety and to ensure there is a level competitive landscape for all operators there is no appetite for changing anything from enforcement agencies or industry groups. Post Brexit for drivers’ hours and tachographs the UK would fall under the European Agreement Concerning The Work of Crews of Vehicles Engaged in International Transport Rules (AETR) for UK – EU journeys. AETR rules for drivers’ hours and tachographs are aligned with the EU legislation anyway so there is no real difference. With the DVSA’s earned recognition scheme, Smart Tachographs coming from June 2019 and the Proposed EU Mobility Package extending the use of tachographs to other vehicles, having systems and processes in place for managing tachograph data and drivers’ hours is essential. Smartanalysis is one of leading solutions in the UK for tachograph and drivers’ hours compliance is available for just 77p per driver per week, see here.