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Driving Time and Rest Periods

Viimati uuendatud: 21.06.2017


Driving time and rest period requirements apply for road transport which involves:

  1. Vehicles used for carriage of goods, the allowed full load of which together with a trailer or semi-trailer exceeds 3.5 tons, or
  2. Vehicles used for carriage of passengers, built or permanently readjusted for transporting more than nine people (driver included), and meant for this purpose.

Driving Time

Successive Driving Time

  • After a 4.5-hour driving period, the driver must have a continuous break of at least 45 minutes if the resting time does not follow. This break can be replaced with a break of at least 15 minutes, followed by a break of at least 30 minutes.

Daily Driving Time

  • The daily driving time of the driver may not exceed nine hours. This time can be exceeded to ten hours, but twice a week at the maximum.

Weekly Driving Time

  • The weekly driving time may not exceed 56 hours.

Two-Weekly Driving Time

  • The totalled two-weekly driving time may not exceed 90 hours.

Resting Time

Daily Resting Time

  • During 24 hours after the last daily or weekly resting time, the driver must have had at least 11-hour daily resting time.
  • This regular daily resting time can be divided into two parts, whereas the first must be at least a 3-hour consecutive time period and the other at least a 9-hour uninterrupted time period.
  • A driver may have at most three reduced daily rest periods between any two weekly rest periods.
  • In the case of a vehicle with multiple drivers, the driver must, during 30 hours following the daily or weekly rest, have a new daily resting time, which must be at least 9 hours long.

Interrupting Resting Time on a Ferry

As an exception, a driver who accompanies a vehicle hauled on a ferry or train, is allowed to interrupt their regular daily resting period with other activities (at the maximum, twice), which do not total over one hour. During this regular daily resting time, the driver must have access to a sleeping or resting berth.

Weekly Resting Time

  • During any two consecutive weeks, the driver must use, at the minimum, the following resting periods:

1) Two regular weekly resting times, or

2) One regular weekly resting period and one shortened weekly resting time (at least 24 hours). Thereby, the shortened resting time is compensated by:

  • An identical resting period which must be used entirely before the end of the third week starting from the current week.
  • The weekly resting time must begin, at the latest, after six 24-hour periods following the end of the previous weekly resting time.

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