HGV Driver Working Hours in the UK Explained

Rules on HGV Driving Hours

The transportation of products all over the nation consistently is the thing that keeps the UK ticking.

A huge segment of these products extending from nourishment to furniture and everything in the middle of travel around the nation in HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicles).

Image for post
Image for post

Any vehicle that has a maximum permissible weight of more than 3.5 tons is viewed as an HGV by law, and HGV drivers of these vehicles must hold fast to stringent guidelines concerning to what extent they can be in the driver’s seat.

These guidelines are administered by explicit EU law and are determined to battle tiredness and loss of focus; which because sticking to severe driver hours is one of the most basic ways that drivers and fleet supervisors can keep HGVs safe.

The principles spread driving hours, breaks and rest periods and we’ve laid out what you have to know, underneath.

The cutoff points on HGV driving hours in the UK

The standards on driving hours depend on guidelines set by the European Union, but at the same time, they’re cherished in British law. The key guidelines include:

o 9 hours every day limit on driving. This can be expanded to 10 hours, however, just two times per week

o 56 hours is the most extreme week after a week driving cutoff

o 90 hours is the most extreme fortnightly breaking point

A driver is allowed to part their breaks in two as long as the primary break is 15 minutes or more and the subsequent break is 30 minutes or more — driving time in the middle of these breaks despite everything mustn’t surpass 4.5 hours at any one time.

Although 9 hours is the most extreme driving hours allowed in one day for HGV drivers, two times every week a driver can drive for as long as 10 hours (giving they despite everything don’t surpass 4.5 hours driving at once).

Right now driver could drive for 4.5 hours, rest for 45 minutes, drive for another 4.5 hours and rest for an additional 45 minutes, at that point drive for a further hour before wrapping up.

What’s the distinction between driving time and working time?

They may sound the equivalent, yet they’re most certainly not. Driving time is classed as time spent in the driver’s seat, though working time is characterized as anything you do regarding transport activity.

This incorporates (yet isn’t restricted to):

o Driving

o Stacking and emptying

o The checking of any stacking/emptying exercises

o HGV training or Driver CPC training or industry-specific job training.

o Cleaning and looking after a vehicle

o Day by day vehicle deformity check and report

o Regulatory work

Holding up periods where the predictable span isn’t known development by the driving

Under this framework, driving time is a type of working time. The hours for working time aren’t characterized similarly, and the suggestions can be unpredictable

Will HGV driving hours be influenced by Brexit?

HGV driving guidelines are right now represented by EU Law so what occurs if the UK leaves the EU?

There is no official decision on what will happen to HGV driving guidelines in the UK on the off chance that we are to leave Europe in any case, it is broadly accepted inside the HGV world that the principles will stay set up.

Inside the business, the current guidelines are very much regarded and thought to be reasonable and fitting with regards to forestalling mishaps conceived from tiredness and loss of concentration so the evacuation of these standards in case of the UK leaving the EU appears to be impossible.

Driver’s hour’s regulations

Neglecting to stick to drivers’ hour’s guidelines can bring about prosecution for an assortment of offenses, the punishments for which can be serious. Simple breaches of the guidelines can draw in fines of up to £2,500. Neglecting to utilize a tachygraphy can pull in a punishment of up to £5,000. Offenses of neglecting to deliver tachograph outlines additionally convey a fine of up to £5,000.

HGV Training Services (HGVT): We are the UK’s largest supplier of HGV training. Our pass rates are significantly above UK average. We’re dedicated to raising st

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store