6. EU rules

Driving hours

The main EU rules on driving hours are that you must not drive more than:

  • 9 hours in a day - this can be extended to 10 hours twice a week
  • 56 hours in a week
  • 90 hours in any 2 consecutive weeks

All driving you do under EU rules must be recorded on a tachograph.

Breaks and rest

The main points of EU rules on breaks and rest are that you must take:

  • at least 11 hours rest every day - you can reduce this to 9 hours rest 3 times in a week
  • an unbroken break of 45 hours every week - you can reduce this to 24 hours every other week
  • your weekly rest after 6 days of working - coach drivers on an international trip can take their weekly rest after 12 days
  • a break or breaks totalling at least 45 minutes after no more than 4.5 hours driving

For more details on rests and breaks read:

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