Guidance: Emergency exemption and temporary relaxation of drivers' hours and working time rules

Department For Transport

October 28
12:00 2020

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The UK has left the EU.

The current rules on drivers hours continue to apply.

This page will be updated to reflect any changes.

These documents include:

  • an explanation of drivers hours and working time rules
  • guidance on dealing with emergency and urgent situations
  • information on how to request a temporary relaxation of the rules
  • a form for requesting a relaxation

Drivers hours and working time rules are in place to protect drivers and reduce the risk of them being involved in accidents due to tiredness.

Published 8 December 2011
Last updated 28 October 2020 +show all updates
  1. Updated to give further guidance on possible relaxations of the working time rules and exemptions for vehicles used on a 'craft basis'.

  2. Guidance updated to give further guidance on the use of the emergency exemption in EU drivers hours rules to deal with weather related events.

  3. Guidance revised to take into account revisions to the exemptions and national derogations to the EU drivers hours rules.

  4. First published.

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