Employer responsibilities to workplace drivers

Your responsibilities as an employer to protect your workers whilst driving for work

Driver hours

Driving hours for goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes, and some passenger vehicles, are regulated by European Community rules. These set limits on driver's hours:

  • daily driving limit – 9 hours*
  • maximum driving limit – 4.5 hours
  • daily rest period – 11 hours
  • weekly driving limit – 56 hours
  • fortnightly driving limit – 90 hours
  • weekly rest period – 45 consecutive hours*

*The rules on drivers' hours and tachographs for passenger carrying vehicles and goods vehicles differ.

The Department for Transport provides advice for drivers and operators of passenger vehicles on all aspects of drivers' hours rules in the UK and Europe.

For more details, go to the GOV.UK website (external site).