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, starting from the end of the last weekly rest period taken (coach drivers on an international trip can take their weekly rest after 12 days, starting from the end of the last weekly rest period taken)
  • 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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