The Department for Transport has agreed to a temporary relaxation of EU drivers’ hours and working-time rules for drivers involved in the distribution of freight and passenger services whose journeys are delayed or extended due to the closure of the Forth Road Bridge in Scotland. This temporary relaxation applies from 00:01 on Tuesday 8 December 2015 to 23:59 on Wednesday 6 January 2016. It will apply for up to 30 days or until the bridge is re-opened during that period. The European 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 66 hours and the fortnightly driving limit from 90 hours to 110 hours.
- Replacement of the maximum 60 hour working week with one of 66 hours (this extra time should be recorded, but not counted for the purposes of determining average working time).