The driving and rest periods of a truck driver are established in law. How much rest should he/she take? How long can he/she drive without interruption? What follows is an overview of the most important reasons. Including how you can easily follow them.
How long can a driver drive without interruption?
A truck driver can drive a maximum of 4.5 hours without interruption. He must then take a break of at least 45 minutes, or start a rest period of at least one hour. An interruption means a short break; a rest period means a much longer time of non-work.
On the basis of social regulation, the truck driver can choose between two driving times during a period of 24 hours. At least if he complies with the provisions regarding the interruption of driving time, as well as the daily and weekly rest period.
How much is the weekly and fortnightly driving time?
The weekly driving time of a truck driver must not exceed 56 hours. The total cumulated driving time of two consecutive weeks must not exceed 90 hours. If the driver works two weeks in a row, he may not work as much as is legally permitted per week.
What should be understood under “driving period”?
A driving period is the accumulated driving time from the moment a driver begins to drive after a rest period or an interruption, until he takes a rest period or an interruption. A driving period may or may not be interrupted. An interruption is any period during which the driver is not allowed to drive or perform any other type of work. He/she only needs to rest.
How much is the normal daily rest period of a driver?
It is important to know that an interruption of 45 minutes is not considered to be a rest period. Rest time is, after all, a longer period in which the driver can freely dispose of his time. Daily rest period is then understood to mean the mandatory consecutive hours of rest that a driver enjoys between two day tasks or duty times.
A driver must rest daily and weekly. The general rule says that every truck driver must enjoy a daily rest period of at least eleven consecutive hours in a period of 24 hours.
Is it possible to shorten the daily rest period?
The normal daily rest period of eleven consecutive hours – as mentioned above – may be shortened. For example, the minimum daily rest period may be nine consecutive hours, but this can only be reduced to this minimum a maximum of three times between two weekly rest periods. The reductions in the rest period should not be compensated.
How do you follow this up easily?
Suivo Telematics is one of the recognised companies for reading the tachograph data. By connecting Suivo to the tachograph, you can get a real-time view of the driver’s status. Suivo also displays this data in an overview so you can see who drove which vehicle and the status of each driver: working, driving or resting.
Discover these and other important solutions that have been specifically developed for transport companies.
In addition to tachographs, Suivo also has other systems for time registration.