An overtired driver may even fall asleep at the wheel, and while our StopSafe system has been designed for just such an eventuality, it’s never acceptable to knowingly take the risk!
These are just a few vital reasons why it’s so important for employers and drivers alike to know what their basic obligations are in regard to driver hours. It can be sometimes difficult to work out how to plan a driver’s schedule depending on the type of work they undertake, so we’ve provided a really simple guide below.
The rules on driving hours are based on regulations set by the European Union, but they’re also enshrined in British law. The key rules include:
They might sound the same, but they’re not. Driving time is classed as time spent behind the wheel, whereas working time is defined as anything you do in connection with transport operation.
This includes (but is not necessarily limited to):
Under this system, driving time is a form of working time. The hours for working time aren’t necessarily defined in the same way, and the implications can be complex. There’s an excellent comprehensive guide that goes into even more detail, if you need it.
This is a pressing question for many fleet operators at the moment, given that the regulations are set by the EU. However, you needn’t worry. Britain adopted the EU regulations into our own official law as part of the UK Transport Act of 1968, which means they’ll remain in place even if we crash out of the EU with no deal.
On the other hand, the UK Working Time Directive will shortly be up for review, and this could have a much more substantiative effect on driver working hours – so this is worth keeping an eye out for.
Whatever happens, here at Vision Techniques we’re committed to helping you maintain and improve the safety of your fleet. Our wide-ranging stock of vehicle safety technology includes vehicle cameras and our award-winning Brakesafe system. If you need any help or advice in learning which ones might be best for your fleet, feel free to give us a call on 08455 278 267. We’re here