Summary

A variety of legislation controls the hours of work of bus, coach and lorry drivers engaged in the carriage of goods and passengers in the UK and continental Europe. The main sets of rules that may apply are:

  • European Council Regulation 561/2006, which came into effect in April 2007

  • European Agreement Concerning the Work of Crews Engaged in International Road Transport (more commonly known as the AETR Regulations)

  • Road Transport (Working Time) Regulations — introduced in April 2005 specifically to implement the Road Transport Directive.

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