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8 Jul 2021

Temporary relaxation of the enforcement of the retained EU drivers’ hours rules: all road haulage sectors in Great Britain


In response to pressures on local and national supply chains, the Department for Transport has introduced a temporary relaxation of the enforcement of the retained EU drivers’ hours rules in England, Scotland and Wales.


These temporary relaxations apply from 12:01am on 12 July 2021 until 11:59pm on 8 August 2021, subject to review.


There are two relaxations of the current regulations, one for the daily driving time and the second for the weekly rest pattern.  Operators will need to make a choice of which relaxation they will use and complete the forms (accessed via the link below) to notify the DfT of the rule they have elected to use, the period for which it has been used and the type of goods being hauled.


Details and DfT notification forms: