Drivers Hours Law
Regulation (EC) no. 561 2006In order to overcome difficulties experienced in interpreting, applying, enforcing and monitoring provisions of Regulation (EEC) n°3820/85, Regulation (EC) n°561/2006 defines clearer and simpler rules on driving time, break and rest periods for drivers engaged in national and international road transport.
Furthermore, Article 27 of Regulation (EC) n° 561/2006 made the introduction of digital tachographs mandatory in vehicles put into service for the first time in the European Union from May 1, 2006, namely 20 days after its publication.
By requiring that drivers to take regular weekly rest period at least once per 2 consecutive weeks and that daily rest period should not be less than an uninterrupted period of 9 hours, Regulation (EC) n° 561/2006 is aimed at improving social conditions for drivers and road safety.
Main provision regarding driving and rest times set by Regulation (EC) no. 561 2006 are as follows:The daily driving time shall not exceed 9 hours. However, twice a week, it may be extended to 10 hours.
The weekly driving time shall not exceed 56 hours.
The total accumulated driving time during any 2 consecutive weeks shall not exceed 90 hours.
After a driving period of 4.5 hours, the driver shall take an uninterrupted break of at least 45 minutes unless he takes a daily rest period.
The break may be replaced by a break of at least 15 minutes followed by a break of at least 30 minutes, each distributed over the period of 4.5 hours of driving time.
Drivers shall take daily rest periods (at least 11 hours or two periods made of an uninterrupted period of 3 hours with an uninterrupted period of 9 hours).
Drivers shall take weekly rest periods (a rest period of at least 45 hours or, under certain conditions, any period of rest of less than 45 hours which may be shortened to a minimum of 24 hours).