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HGV Driver’s Working Hours

All drivers are required to have breaks when on the road for the safety of themselves and others. There are specific laws for people who drive for work and failing to comply can result in being fined up to £1500 or even being summoned to court.

The rules that apply to goods vehicles depend on the weight of the vehicle, country you’re driving in and what you’re using the vehicle for. It is always best to double check which rules apply to you though as some vehicles are exempt.

In England, Wales and Scotland, Great Britain domestic rules apply if the maximum weight of the vehicle or vehicle combination is more that 3.5 tonnes and you’re driving in the UK, or from an EU country. However, if the weight of the vehicle or vehicle combination is under 3.5 tonnes the vehicle is exempt from EU rules when driven in the UK or if he vehicle is being used in connection with a trade or business.

Other rules for HGV drivers include: A daily limit of 9-hours driving, this can be increased to 10 hours, but only twice a week. Drivers are only allowed to drive 56 hours in any given week. The maximum hours you can drive in a fortnight is 90 hours.

What to know as an employer:

Employers of drivers must keep drivers’ hours records for a minimum of a year. They must also ensure drivers are fully trained and understand the rules. Employers must also check drivers hours records and monitor drivers working time. Employers must never encourage drivers to break the rules for example through incentives such as paying employees based on speed of delivery.

Always check the government website for rules if you’re unsure.


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