Guidance

Emergency exemption and temporary relaxation of drivers' hours and working time rules

How and when to request a temporary relaxation of the drivers’ hours and working time rules for commercial operators.

Documents

Emergency exemption and temporary relaxation of drivers' hours and working time rules

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Statement of case template

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Details

These documents include:

  • an explanation of drivers’ hours and working time rules
  • guidance on dealing with emergency and urgent situations
  • information on how to request a temporary relaxation of the rules
  • a form for requesting a relaxation

Drivers’ hours and working time rules are in place to protect drivers and reduce the risk of them being involved in accidents due to tiredness.

Published 8 December 2011
Last updated 23 January 2017 + show all updates
  1. Guidance revised to take into account revisions to the exemptions and national derogations to the EU drivers’ hours rules.
  2. First published.