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Background Information

The Working Time Regulations came into force on 4 April 2005. The Regulations are called the Road Transport (Working Time) Regulations and they affect mobile workers (mainly drivers, crew and other traveling staff) who are traveling in vehicles subject to the Community Drivers' Hours regulation (3820/85/EEC) or, in some cases, the AETR.

"Self employed drivers" have been exempt from these rules but from March 2009 are included.

Mobile workers are required to comply with these regulations as well as the existing Community Drivers' Hours regulation.

There is NO opt out from these regulations.

Legal requirements

The new regulations introduce limits on weekly working time (excluding breaks and periods of availability) and a limit on the amount of work that can be done at night. They also specify how much continuous work can be done before taking a break and introduce daily and weekly rest limits for the crew and travelling staff. Under the new regulations, working time for mobile workers must not exceed:

Recording Requirements

A reference period for the average 48 hour week may be extended from 3 to 6 months and the amount of night work can exceed 10 hours if a collective or workforce agreement is in place . However, mobile workers are not allowed to opt-out of the weekly working time limits, even if they want to work longer.

Employers must monitor working time and should do what they can to ensure the limits are not breached. Records need to be kept for 2 years. If there is no employer, the Agency, Employment Business or even the worker concerned must monitor their working time. There is also guidance for using the tachograph for monitoring working time

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