Blaming Brexit and COVID-19, DfT offers drivers’ hours rule relaxations 25 January 2021

The Department for Transport has published two temporary relaxations of drivers’ hours rules.

The first is a temporary relaxation of the enforcement of the retained EU drivers’ hours rules in England, Scotland and Wales for the general haulage of goods in Great Britain, and lasts until 31 March.

DfT said: “This relaxation reflects the exceptional circumstances stemming from and envisaged in relation to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, including the new strain, and the end of the EU transition period.”

The details of the relaxation are described here:

In addition, it has also published details of a second relaxation, again of EU drivers’ hours rules, for those hauliers carrying goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland reflecting delays crossing the Irish Sea. It also lasts until 31 March. The details of the relaxation are here:

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