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Drivers' hours: rules and guidance

Rules for lorry, bus and coach drivers on how many hours you can drive, exemptions from the rules, and when the rules can be relaxed temporarily.

Drivers’ hours and tachograph rules

Check the drivers’ hours and tachograph rules for:

Changes to fines

Checklists

The ‘Staying legal’ leaflets including checklists covering the basic drivers’ hours rules.

  1. Staying legal: heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers

    • Promotional material
  2. Staying legal: public service vehicle (PSV) drivers

    • Promotional material

Working time and drivers' hours

Detailed guides about working time and drivers’ hours rules.

Vehicle and industry specific guides

Exemption guidance

Guidance on exemptions for drivers’ hours rules.

Temporary relaxations

Published 14 May 2014
Last updated 2 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Guidance for severe weather driving.
  2. Temporary relaxation of the enforcement of drivers’ hours and working time rules: delivery of LPG.
  3. Added 'Drivers’ hours: changes to fines for commercial drivers' to the collection.
  4. Added 'Temporary relaxation of the EU drivers’ hours rules: transport of pigs from Scotland to abattoirs in England'.
  5. Updated with links to the manuals for rules on drivers' hours and tachograph for goods and passenger carrying vehicles in Great Britain and Europe.
  6. Published 'Temporary relaxation of the EU drivers' hours rules: closure of Forth Road Bridge, 18 to 20 February 2016'.
  7. Published 'Temporary relaxation of the EU drivers’ hours rules: closure of Forth Road Bridge, 18 February to 24 March 2016'.
  8. Published 'Temporary relaxation of the EU drivers’ hours rules: closure of Forth Road Bridge, 12 January to 15 February 2016'
  9. Notification of temporary relaxation of the EU drivers’ hours rules due to the closure of the Forth road bridge.
  10. Added 'Temporary relaxation of the EU drivers’ hours rules: Port of Calais industrial action' to the collection.
  11. First published.