Rule changes for drivers’ hours and tachographs

24 August 2020

Updated guidance for passenger vehicles to help drivers and operators of buses and coaches comply with new rules, which came into effect on 20 August has been published by the Department for Transport (DfT).

The amendments to the EU and AETR rules on drivers’ hours include a requirement for drivers to “return home” every four weeks, together with a ban on taking regular weekly rest periods in the driver’s vehicle.

Note that journeys to or through the countries that are signatories to the European Agreement Concerning the Work of Crews of Vehicles Engaged in International Road Transport (AETR) are subject to AETR rules which apply to the whole journey, including any EU countries passed through.

The rule changes also introduce new provisions for rests and breaks for drivers when journeys involve transport by ferry or by rail, together with a new requirement to keep a full record of “all other work”.

A new section has been added to the guidance, setting out the legal responsibilities and liabilities transport businesses have for their own and their drivers' compliance with the regulations.

This can be found at GOV.UK and covers the EU/AETR rules, tachograph calibration and inspection and the possibility of a breakdown or faulty operation of the tachograph.

After reading the detailed guidance, operators with queries related to the changes are advised to contact