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Changes to EU drivers' hours

Changes to EU drivers' hours

Thursday 20th August 2020

The Department for Transport has announced changes to EU drivers' hours that came into effect on 20 August 2020.

The new changes include:
More flexibility on the scheduling of the rest periods for some drivers on international carriage of goods
A driver can now take two Reduced Weekly Rests back-to-back so long as those periods of rest are taken in a different Member State to where they live or where their employer is based. Across a 4-week period, the driver would need to have taken an additional two periods of Regular Weekly Rest. If two consecutive Reduced Weekly Rests are taken, compensation for both reductions must be combined and taken directly preceding a Regular Weekly Rest. The period of Rest being used as compensation must be completed by the end of the third week following the week in question, but the Regular Weekly Rest that follows can be completed during the next week.
A requirement for drivers' to 'return home' every 4 weeks
A driver's work should be scheduled to enable them to return to their normal operational base or place of residence a minimum of once every 4 weeks to enable them to take a Regular Weekly Rest of at least 45 hours.
In instances where the driver has taken two consecutive reduced Weekly Rest periods (see above), work should be scheduled to enable them to return to base before the start of the combined Rest comprised of any compensation along with a Regular Weekly Rest of 45 hours.
A ban on taking regular weekly rest periods in the driver's vehicle
Any period of Weekly Rest comprised of 45 hours or more cannot be taken in the vehicle but must be taken in suitable accommodation at the expense of the employer.
A new requirement to keep a full record of all other work
Further to existing guidance, an amendment to Drivers' Hours which clarifies what drivers should record if they are available for work (POA).
A new definition of 'non-commercial carriage'
A change to Drivers' Hours designed to clarify what drivers can claim as non-commercial use of a vehicle.

In addition, new provisions for rests and breaks for drivers when journeys involve transport by ferry or by rail
You can read the full document here