The Department for Transport, on request from the Scottish government, applied to the European Commission (EC) for a further extension to the relaxation applicable to goods vehicles weighing over 7.5 tonnes which expired at 11:59pm on Monday 15 February 2016.
The department has gained permission from the EC for a temporary and limited relaxation of the enforcement of European Union (EU) drivers’ hours pursuant to article 14(1) of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006. 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. The temporary relaxation will begin from 12:01am Thursday 18 February and will run until 11:59pm on 20 February 2016.
As the result of the Scottish government fully reopening the Forth Road Bridge to all traffic, ahead of schedule at 11pm on 20 February 2016, the relaxation will cease at 11:59pm on Saturday 20 February 2016.
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the EU drivers’ hours rules: closure of Forth Road Bridge, 18 February to 24 March 2016, published 17 February 2016 and withdrawn 19 February 2016
Temporary relaxation of the EU drivers’ hours rules: closure of Forth Road Bridge, 12 January to 15 February 2016, published 22 December 2015 and updated 6 January 2016
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