If you drive a goods vehicle or a bus or coach you must follow the rules on how many hours you can drive and the breaks that you need to take.
The rules you must follow depend on:
- the type of vehicle you’re driving
- which country you’re driving in
Find out which rules apply to you if you drive:
There are different drivers’ hours rules in Northern Ireland.
You will also need to follow:
If you do not follow the rules
If you break the drivers’ hours rules, you may be prosecuted or fined.
Penalties for serious or dangerous offences include:
- a prohibition notice - for serious or dangerous offences
- a fine or points on your licence (‘fixed penalty’) - the amount depends on how serious the offence is
- your vehicle being immobilised if it’s a danger to road safety - you’ll have to fix the problem and pay a release charge
Other penalties include things like:
- an offence rectification notice - for offences that are not a risk to road safety
- a verbal warning - for minor offences
If you’re an employer of drivers or mobile workers
If you employ drivers or mobile workers you must follow extra rules for employers.