Most professional drivers are subject to rules on the hours they work and are required to keep records in order for compliance to be monitored by the authorities.

For drivers of most goods vehicles with a permissible maximum weight exceeding 3.5t, a tachograph instrument must be used to record the hours worked.

For those vehicles that do not exceed 3.5 tonnes permissible maximum weight, and certain other exempt vehicles, a driver’s record book may be used instead of a tachograph.

This topic covers:

  • records made by analogue tachographs (fitted to most vehicles exceeding 3.5 tonnes activated prior to 1 May 2006)

  • records made by digital tachographs (fitted to new goods vehicles exceeding 3.5 tonnes since 1 May 2006)

  • records made in drivers’ record books.

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