The relaxation of drivers’ hours because of the 50 mile detour caused by the closure of the Forth Road Bridge has been extended to 15th February 2016. Transport Scotland says the work on the bridge should be completed around mid-February. The Department for Transport reserves the right to withdraw the relaxation earlier if circumstances change. Driver safety must not be compromised and drivers should not drive whilst tired. For the drivers to whom this relaxation applies, the EU drivers’ hours rules will be temporarily relaxed as follows:
- Replacement of the EU daily driving limit of 9 hours with one of 11 hours
- Replacing the weekly driving limit from 56 hours to 60 hours and the fortnightly driving limit from 90 hours to 110 hours.