Anyone driving in Great Britain (GB) under the retained EU drivers’ hours rules and undertaking carriage of goods by road can use this relaxation where necessary. The relaxation is not limited to specific sectors or journeys.
Drivers’ hours rules are an important road safety measure and any deviation from the rules must be a last resort when other means of mitigating a situation have failed. Therefore, the temporary relaxation to the drivers’ hours rules must only be used where necessary by drivers and transport operators.
The temporary relaxation to the drivers’ hours rules requires these 3 conditions is to be met.
The temporary relaxation of drivers’ hours has been extended until 9 January 2022. If you have made use of the relaxation that ends on 31 October 2021, you must submit a completed a follow-up notification form by 7 November 2021.
The retained EU drivers’ hours rules can be temporarily relaxed as follows.