DfT ends COVID-19 EU drivers’ hours relaxation, but offers fortnight’s extension of GB hours 01 June 2020

To help facilitate the movement of essential goods, the UK government temporarily relaxed enforcement of both EU and GB drivers’ hours rules on 23 March.

Those relaxations have since been extended several times.

However, on 30 May, the Department for Transport has announced that the temporary relaxation to the EU drivers’ hours rules ended on 31 May and will not be extended.

The relaxation to domestic GB drivers’ hours rules will continue until 23:59 on 14 June 2020, but will be kept under review.

It adds that anyone driving under the GB drivers’ hours rules and undertaking carriage of goods by road can use the relaxations where necessary. The relaxations are not limited to specific sectors or journeys.

However, the relaxations only offer an additional hour per day five days within any seven-day period. More details are in the first link below.

In addition, the government has published guidance on working time recordkeeping for furloughed drivers. It says: “The guidance will help you understand how you should record activities on your tachograph, or by manual record, when furloughed, including when undertaking other work.” Details are available via the second link below.

William Dalrymple

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