1. Overview

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) have merged to form the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

If you drive a goods vehicle or a passenger-carrying vehicle you must follow the rules on how many hours you can drive and the breaks that you need to take.

There are 3 sets of rules that could apply to your journey:

The rules that apply depend on:

  • the type of vehicle you’re driving
  • which country you’re driving in

This guide highlights the main rules. Read the following guides for more information:

Download drivers’ hours checklists

You can also print out the ‘Staying legal’ leaflets including checklists covering the basic rules:

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