When are Drivers in Scope of the Domestic Hours’ Rules?

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.

  1. If the vehicle or vehicle combination they are driving has a maximum permissible mass of 3.5t or less.

  2. 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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