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TACHO RULES.

 

Domestic Drivers' Hours Rules
What are the domestic rules?
What are the driving limits?
Are there any exemptions from domestic rules?
What about emergencies?
What records should I keep?
Are there any exemptions from keeping records?
What records must be kept for vehicles carrying postal articles?

What are the domestic rules?
The domestic rules apply to most goods vehicles which are exempt from
the EC rules.

What are the driving limits?

Daily driving
A driver must not driver for more than 10 hours in a day.

The daily driving limit applies to time spent at the wheel, actually
driving. Off-road driving for the purpose of agriculture, quarrying,
forestry, building work or civil engineering counts as duty rather
than driving time.


Daily duty limit
A driver must not be on duty for more than 11 hours on any working
day. A driver is exempt from the daily duty limit on any working day
when he does not drive.

A driver who does not drive for more than 4 hours on each day of the
weeks is exempt from the daily duty limit.

Are there any exemptions from domestic rules?
Yes, the rules do not apply to:-

drivers of vehicles used by the Armed Forces, the Police and Fire
Brigades;

drivers who always drive off the public road system;

private driving, i.e. not in connection with a job or in any way to
earn a living.
Drivers of the following vehicles are exempt from the duty limit but
not the driving limit:-


goods vehicles not exceeding 3.5 tonnes maximum authorised weight
and dual purpose vehicles used:-
by doctors, dentists, nurses, midwives and vets;
for any service of inspection, cleaning, maintenance, repair,
installation or fitting;

by a commercial traveller;

by the AA, RAC or RSAC; or

for cinematograph or radio and television broadcasting.

What about emergencies?
The domestic rules are relaxed for events needing immediate action
to avoid danger to life or health of people or animals; serious
interruption of essential public services (gas, water, electricity
or drainage), or of telecommunication and postal services, or in the
use of roads, railways, ports, airports; or serious damage to
properly. In these cases the driving and duty limits are suspended
for the duration of the emergency.

What records should I keep?
You must keep written records of your hours of work on a weekly
record sheet. An example of such a sheet is at Annex D.

Operators are expected to check and sign each weekly record sheet.

Record books containing weekly records sheets are not available from
HMSO. Traffic Area Offices(see Annex E) can tell you the names of
commercial printers who produce them.

Are there any exemptions from keeping records?
Yes, the following are exempt:-

Drivers of goods vehicles which do not require an operator's licence.
This exemption does not apply to drivers of Crown vehicles which
would have needed an 'O' Licence if the vehicle had not been Crown
property.

Drivers of goods vehicles on any day when they drive for 4 hours or
less and keep within 50 kilometres of base.

Drivers using an EC calibrated and sealed tachograph.

What records must be kept for vehicles carrying postal articles?
Tachographs must be fitted and used in all vehicles with a permissible
maximum weight in excess of 3.5 tonnes which carry parcels on postal
services. Drivers of such vehicles are exempt from the EC drivers'
hours rules but must comply with the domestic rules

TACHO RULES & REGULATIONS.

 

Other Rules and Legislation
What are the minimum ages for drivers?
What are the penalties?
What is the main relevant legislation?
What are the minimum ages for drivers?

The minimum age for a driver of goods vehicle with a permissible
maximum weight (including any trailer or semi-trailer) exceeding 7.5
 tonnes is 21 years.
under EC rules; and
AETR rules.
But it is reduced to 18 when the vehicle does not exceed 7.5 tonnes
permissible maximum weight; or if the driver holds a recognised
certificate of professional competence confirming the completion of
a training course for drivers of vehicles intended for the carriage
of goods by road.

Journeys under EC or AETR rules have a minimum age of 18 for drivers'
mates.
What are the penalties?

There is a fine of up to 5000 for breaking the rules on drivers'
hours and records. This applies both to the driver and to anyone
whose orders the driver was following.

In the case of hours offences, the law protects from conviction;
Drivers, who because of unforeseen difficulties were unavoidably
delayed in finishing a journey and breached the rules; and
Employers, if any driver was involved in other driving jobs which
he could not have known about.
In the case of records offences, the law protects an employer from
conviction if he can prove that he took all reasonable steps to make
sure that the driver kept proper records.

What is the main relevant legislation?


EC rules
EC regulation 3820/85 on drivers' hours.
EC regulation 3821/85 on tachographs.
EC regulation 3314/90 on tachographs.
The Community Drivers' Hours and Recording Equipment (Exemptions and
 Supplementary Provisions) Regulations 1986(SI 1986/1456).
The Community Drivers' Hours and Recording Equipment Regulation
1986(SI 1986/1457).
The Drivers' Hours (Harmonisation with Community Rules) Regulations
 1986(SI 1986/1458).
The Community Drivers' Hours and Recording Equipment (Exemptions
 and Supplementary Provisions) (Amendment) Regulations 1987
(SI 1987/805).
The Passenger and Goods Vehicles (Recording Equipment) Regulations
1991 (SI 1991/381).
AETR rules
European Agreement concerning the work of crews on vehicles engaged in International Road Transport.(AETR)(Cmnd 7401)(as amended by Cmnd 9037).
Domestic rules
Transport Act 1968(Part VI) (as amended).
The Drivers' Hours(Goods Vehicles) (Modifications)Order 1970
(SI 1970/257).
The Drivers' Hours(Passenger and Goods Vehicles) (Modifications)
 Orders 1971 (SI 1971/818).
The Drivers' Hours (Goods Vehicles) (Modifications)Order 1986
(SI 1986/1459).
The Drivers' Hours (Goods Vehicles)(Exemptions)Regulations 1986
(SI 1986/1492).
The Drivers' Hours (Goods Vehicles)(Keeping of Records)Regulations
1987 (SI 1987/1421).
*Applicable to both EC and domestic rules