DVSA Updates Guidance on Driver Hours and Tachograph Rules
Among the myriad challenges faced by hauliers, one of the most common pitfalls is navigating the intricacies of drivers’ hours. These complexities often manifest as issues like overlooking “missing mileage,” misunderstanding the Working Time Regulation, or misapplying mixed driving rules. In a bid to streamline understanding and compliance in this crucial area, the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) has unveiled an updated guide encompassing general advice on drivers’ hours and tachograph rules pertaining to vehicles engaged in the transport of goods.
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Key highlights of the updated guidance
The revised guide underscores several noteworthy changes:
- Recording non-EU/AETR work: In alignment with EU regulations, drivers are now mandated to meticulously record all non-EU/AETR work, including secondary employment, categorizing it as “other work.” This can be achieved using various methods, including a tachograph chart, a printout, or the manual input feature of a digital tachograph.
- Recording of other work: For weeks when EU-regulated driving activities occur, drivers are required to maintain comprehensive records of both their periods of other work and availability. Conversely, in weeks devoid of EU-regulated driving, drivers must still document their other work and availability, with the flexibility to record this information in blocks.
- International journeys: Drivers engaged in international journeys to, from, or through the EU should diligently maintain daily records spanning the preceding 28 days. This practice encompasses days and weeks where EU-regulated driving did not transpire. The rationale behind this comprehensive record-keeping approach is to accommodate the varying requirements of enforcement agencies in different countries, which may mandate distinct methods for recording activities over a 28-day period.
By releasing these updates, the DVSA aims to promote greater clarity and adherence to drivers’ hours and tachograph rules. This not only enhances compliance but also ensures the safety and efficiency of goods transportation, benefiting both operators and road users. Stay informed and implement these guidelines to navigate the intricate landscape of driver hours effectively.
Adapted from an article written by CE Transport Law © 22nd September 2022.
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