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HGV Driver's Hours

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This is a very simple outline.
There are many refinements, vehicle exemptions, etc.
There were some changes in April 2007.

Domestic rules allow more driving time.

VOSA Publications

GV262 - Drivers Hours and Tachograph Rules for Goods Vehicles

PSV375 - Drivers Hours and Tachograph Rules for Road Passenger Vehicles
Copies from VOSA by calling 0870 606 0440 or email from web site
VOSA Transport Office Web Site
  VOSA Drivers Hours videos
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Daily Driving:   Max 9 hours. Can be extended to 10 hours twice a week
Weekly Driving:   Max 56 hours in 6 driving periods.
2 weeks:   90 hours
Breaks: After 4 1/2 hours driving, you must take a break of at least 45 minutes.
First break must be at least 15 minutes. Second break must be at least 30 minutes.
Drivers are also subject to the Working Time Directive
WTD: After 6 hours work/driving you must have a break: Minimum 30 minutes.
(Usually, however, Drivers will have had a 45 driving break before reaching the 6 hour point so this will not apply).
A break of 30 minutes is required for 6-9 hours work; 45 minutes for over 9 hours.
Breaks can be divided into 15 minute slots. First break must be at least 30 minutes.
Where mixed driving and working is carried out, the drivers' hours rules on breaks (EC/3820/85) take precedence.
Hours worked
Normal driving day
30 minutes on checks, driving for 4.5 hours; normal 45 minute break required. WTD does not apply.
Driving affected by the WTD
Work or POA for 3 hours, driving for 3 hours; min. 30 minute break required, (WTD). You can then drive for (max) 1.5 hours; 15 minute break required, (Driving Reg's). WTD does apply: You must have 30 minute break.
Minimum Daily Rest: Normally 11 consecutive hours.
Rest periods can be taken in a vehicle if that vehicle has a bunk and is stationary.
Reduced Daily Rest: 9 hours up to 3 times in a week.  
Split Daily Rest: 12 hour rest period may be taken in two periods:
First period must be at least 3 hours. Second period must be at least 9 hours.
Weekly Rest Periods: Within six 24 hour periods from the end of the last weekly rest period, a driver will extend a daily rest period into either; a regular weekly rest period of at least 45 hours, or a reduced weekly rest period of less than 45 hours but at least 24 hours.

In any two consecutive weeks, a driver shall take at least two
regular weekly rest periods, or one regular weekly rest period and one reduced weekly rest period of at least 24 hours.
However, the reduction shall be compensated by an equivalent period of rest taken en bloc before the end of the third week following the week in question.
Making up rest: Compensatory hours should be added to a rest period of at least 8 hours.
Note on tachograph, for that day: "Compensation for DR/WR for (date) hours/minutes)"
Rest on ferries / trains: Where a driver accompanies a vehicle which is transported by ferry or train,
and takes a regular (not less than 11 hour) daily rest period, that period may be interrupted not more than twice by other activities not exceeding one hour in total.
During that regular daily rest period the driver shall have access to a bunk or couchette.
Double Manning: Within 30 hours of the end of a daily or weekly rest period, a driver engaged in multi-manning must have taken a new daily rest period of at least 9 hours.
For the first hour of multi-manning the presence of another driver or drivers is optional, but for the remainder of the period it is compulsory.
  Provided that road safety is not jeopardised, and to enable him to reach a suitable stopping place, the driver may depart from the driving limits and rest requirements to extend necessary to ensure the safety of persons, of the vehicle or of its load.
A note of the occurrence and the reason why the requirements were disregarded must be made on the back of the tachograph chart. (Or Print Out?)
Domestic Rules

Domestic drivers hours rules apply to the drivers' of Vehicles on journeys within the United Kingdom which are exempt from the EC rules.
The rules do not apply to drivers who always drive off the public road (i.e. driving in connection with road improvements or road maintenance, quarrying or other construction work or civil engineering works)

.A driver who drives for less than 4 hours in any day in any fixed week (24:00 hrs Sunday to 24:00 hrs Sunday) does not have to observe the drivers hours requirement during that week.

Daily Driving Limit - Domestic A driver must not drive for more than 10 hours in a day. The daily driving limit applies to time spent at the wheel actually driving on a public road. Off-road driving counts as duty time.

Daily Duty Limit - Domestic A driver must not be on duty for more that 11 hours on any working day. A driver is exempt from the daily duty limit on any working day when he does not drive.

The domestic rules are relaxed for events needing immediate action to avoid danger to life of health; serious interruption of essential public services (gas, water, electricity, or drainage); or of telecommunications and postal services; or in the use of roads, railways, ports, airports; or serious damage to property. In these cases the driving and duty limits are suspended for the duration of the emergency.

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