Temporary relaxation of the enforcement of EU drivers’ hours rules: drivers supplying supermarkets

Temporary relaxation of the EU drivers’ hours rules for a 30 day period, for drivers supplying supermarkets with food and other essential items.

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This temporary relaxation expired 16 April 2020. If there are any current relaxations you can find them on the drivers’ hours collection page.



Temporary relaxation of the enforcement of the drivers’ hours rules starting from 00:01 on 18 March 2020 and ending 11:59pm on 16 April 2020.

This relaxation applies solely to drivers involved in the supply of food and other essential products to supermarkets. This includes the movement of such goods from importers, manufactures and suppliers to distribution centres. It does not apply to drivers undertaking deliveries directly to consumers.

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Published 18 March 2020

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