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Summary of EU limits on drivers' hours

The current limits on drivers' hours as specified by the EU rules are summarised in the following table.



AETR Rules

Journeys to or through the countries that are signatories to the AETR Agreement (see list on page 12) are subject to AETR rules. AETR rules apply to the whole journey, including any EU countries passed through.

From September 2010, the AETR rules have been amended to recognise the digital tachograph and align closely with Council Regulation (EC) 561/2006. The changes include:

• defining the maximum weekly driving limit as 56 hours
• removing the compensation for reduced daily rest u raising the minimum length of daily rest from 8 to 9 hours
• allowing the daily rest to be taken in two periods (instead of three as previously)
• permitting a regular daily rest period to be interrupted no more than twice for ferry journeys (rather than once as previously)
• introducing model attestation forms

Working Time Regulations

Drivers who are subject to the EU rules on drivers' hours and tachographs normally have also to comply with the rules on working time as laid out in the Road Transport (Working Time) Regulations, which were brought into force on 4 April 2005


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