The hours a driver can drive are strictly controlled by regulations known collectively as the drivers’ hours rules. These rules maintain safety standards and deal with maximum driving times, breaks and minimum rest periods. Drivers’ hours rules apply to both goods and passenger vehicles.
The links below contain further information on drivers' hours rules.
For goods vehicles
For passenger carrying vehicles
Impact of Brexit
As we have left the European Union and the transition period ended, there may be opportunities to make changes to laws which originally derive from Brussels. Logistics UK members have indicated that the existing rules are appropriate and proportionate, and that there remains a need for a 'two tier' system, recognising the differences between current domestic and EU rules operations. Members will consider in due course whether it is important to keep the rules ‘in step’ with Europe, as it makes changes, to avoid confusion for international traffic, or whether a 'three tier' system would be preferable.
All existing EU laws were transcribed into domestic law by the end of the transition period, but it remains to be seen how laws which are on the statue books but not yet in force will be dealt with.
Refer to your yearbook of Road Transport Law for further details, or Logistics UK members can discuss any queries with the Member Advice Centre.