Hours and rest breaks for UK goods vehicle drivers – Part 1

Part 1. There are different rules for drivers depending on what they drive. All the rules in our article here only apply to vehicles that are used for the ‘carriage of goods by road’. This is defined as any journey made entirely, or in part, on roads open to the public.

In Part 1 we look at GB Domestic Rules (separate rules apply in Northern Ireland). In part 2 we look at EU Drivers Hours Rules for vehicles over 3.5 tonnes.

GB Domestic Rules were introduced by The Transport Act 1968 (which has been amended). They apply to most goods vehicles of 3.5 tonnes or less (and vehicles that are exempt from EU Drivers Hours Rules – see part two).

Drivers who work under the GB Rules are also covered by an amendment to the 1988 Working Time Regulations introduced in 2003.

Driver’s Hours Rules are regulated and enforced by the Vehicle and Operations Services Agency (VOSA) in the Department for Transport. They have comprehensive guidance on the rules here and our guidance is based on their rules.

The following groups are exempt from the GB Domestic Rules:

  • Drivers of vehicles used by the Armed Forces, the Police and Fire Brigade
  • Drivers who always drive off the public road system
  • Private driving (not in connection with a job or a way to earn a living)

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  1. […] In Part 1 we looked at GB Domestic Rules (separate rules apply in Northern Ireland). In Part 2 we’re looking at EU Drivers Hours Rules for vehicles over 3.5 tonnes. […]

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