What are ‘breaks’ and ‘rest periods’?
‘Breaks’ are short intervals of at least 15 minutes’
duration when the worker stops their work activity completely. The worker or
self-employed driver may use them only for recuperation – that is, they must
actually rest and not use the time to do other work.
A ‘rest period’ is an unbroken period of time when the
self-employed driver or worker is free to use their time as they wish.
All mobile workers and self-employed drivers are subject
to the break and rest provisions of EU Rules on Drivers Hours when travelling;
- 11 continuous hours of rest in every 24-hour period. This may be reduced to 9 hours but no more than three times between two weekly rest periods
- 45 minutes’ break after 4.5 hours of driving. This 45 minutes may be split into 15 minutes followed by 30 minutes during the 4.5 hours driving
- 30 minutes’ break after six hours of working (but not driving or combined if driving time is less than 4.5 hours). This 30 minute-break may be split into two shorter breaks of 15 minutes each
- 45 minutes’ break after nine hours of working (but not driving or combined if driving time is less than 4.5 hours). This 45-minute break may be split into three shorter breaks of 15 minutes each
- Daily and weekly rest times for this Directive are the same as those in the EU Rules on Drivers Hours
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