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Temporary relaxation of the EU drivers’ hours rules: closure of Forth Road Bridge, 8 December 2015 to 6 January 2016

This publication was withdrawn on 12 January 2016

The temporary relaxation relating to large goods vehicles, expires at midnight on Wednesday 6 January 2016.

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Notification of temporary relaxation of the EU drivers’ hours rules: closure of Forth road bridge, 8 December 2015 to 6 January 2016

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The temporary relaxation relating to Large Goods Vehicles, expires at midnight on Wednesday 6 January 2016.

The Department for Transport agreed to a temporary and limited, exceptional relaxation of the enforcement of EU drivers’ hours and working-time rules for:

  • drivers involved in the distribution of freight services within scope of the regulation
  • drivers whose journeys are delayed or extended due to the partial closure of the Forth Road Bridge in Scotland

This is pursuant to Article 14(2) of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006.

The temporary relaxation of the EU drivers’ hours rules reflects the exceptional circumstances of the unexpected closure of the Forth Road Bridge. The department wishes to emphasise that, as a general rule, we expect business to plan for and manage the risks of disruption to supply chains.