Generally speaking, there are two main circumstances in which a driver of a goods vehicle will be in scope of the Domestic Hours’ Rules. These are the following.
If the vehicle or vehicle combination they are driving has a maximum permissible mass of 3.5t or less.
If the vehicle has a maximum permissible mass in excess of 3.5t, but an exemption or derogation from the EU Drivers’ Hours Regulations applies.
Circumstance 2 is considered in more detail below:
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