Scheduling, tachographs, and when to take rest days and regular breaks are things that commercial drivers have to think about every day. But there is a lot of confusion regarding the most recent, up-to-date legislation regarding Drivers’ Hours. That’s understandable considering the recent changes in penalties, not to mention the extra considerations for drivers completing trips in the EU.
With all this to keep up with, it’s no wonder that Drivers’ Hours and Tachograph Rules continues to be our most popular Driver CPC training module!
Below, we list all of the current UK and EU rules concerning drivers’ hours and rest requirements.
Drivers must record all the driving they do (along with other work) on a tachograph.
Lorry, bus and coach drivers who break the rules will be fined for every breach in the previous 28 days.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) can fine drivers up to £300 if they are caught breaking the rules. They can also be prosecuted or have their vehicle immobilised.
In a single roadside check, DVSA traffic examiners can issue fines for up to 5 drivers’ hours offences. It means you could be fined up to £1,500 if you’ve consistently broken the rules.
As well as these recent offences the DVSA can also started to issue fines to those drivers who don’t take adequate rest breaks. All lorry, bus and coach drivers must take a 45-hour rest break every 2 weeks. These fines have been in place since 01st November 2017 and can be as much as £300 if they spend their full weekly rest break in their vehicle unless they are parked at a formal rest area such as a truck stop.
According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) driving while tired may be responsible for
Drivers in the UK still need to adhere to EU Driver’s Hours Requirements, even though the UK has left the EU, unless the vehicle you are driving falls under the exemptions to EU driver’s hours regulations. However, most of the driver’s hours regulations are still the same across the UK and the EU.
There are a few differences and extra rules that you need to follow if you are planning to drive from or through an EU country.
When driving in the EU, you must also keep a full record of all other work that you undertake which does not adhere to the EU Drivers’ Hours Regulations – in other countries for example.
Looking for more guidance on drivers’ hours? Our Driver CPC module on Drivers’ Hours and Road Transport might be the perfect knowledge booster that you need.
According to our Driver Risk Management Director, John Keelan-Edwards, “Our most popular course without question is Drivers Hours & Road Transport (Working Time) Regulations. We hope that delegates leave with updated knowledge and a better understanding of the rules and regulations, and they go on to be safer drivers as a result.”