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Temporary relaxation of the EU drivers’ hours rules: closure of Forth Road Bridge, 12 January to 15 February 2016

This publication was withdrawn on 19 February 2016

A temporary relaxation relating to large goods vehicles which expires at midnight 15 February 2016.

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The temporary relaxation relating to large goods vehicles, expires at midnight on 15 February 2016.

The Department for Transport has gained permission from the European Commission for a temporary relaxation of the enforcement of EU drivers’ hours. The relaxation applies to drivers of goods vehicles weighing over 7.5 tonnes involved in the distribution of freight within scope of the regulation, where journeys are delayed or extended due to the partial closure of the Forth Road Bridge in Scotland.

This is pursuant to article 14(1) of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006.

The temporary relaxation of the EU drivers’ hours rules reflects the exceptional circumstances of the partial closure of the Forth Road Bridge to large goods vehicles. 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.

Temporary relaxation of the EU drivers’ hours rules: closure of Forth Road Bridge, 8 December 2015 to 6 January 2016, published 8 December 2015 and updated 22 December 2015