A variety of legislation controls the hours of work of drivers engaged in the carriage of passengers in the UK. The main sets of rules that may apply are:

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

  • British Domestic Hours Rules — these rules originated in the Transport Act 1968 and have been subject to amendment

  • European Agreement Concerning the Work of Crews Engaged in International Road Transport — these regulations affect drivers working on international operations beyond EEA territories (known as the AETR Regulations)

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

EC Regulation 561/2006 and the AETR Regulations are aligned and both are incorporated into UK legislation. This means that the same rules apply to vehicles in scope whether in the UK, the EU or any other AETR country and will continue to do so whether the UK is a member of the EU or not. This topic focuses on PSV drivers working under those rules and defines the methods by which they are required to record their work.

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