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Rest Breaks (Rest from Driving)

■ 45 Minutes break must be taken following no more than 4 Hours 30 minutes driving

■ This break may be taken in two parts, the first at least 15 minutes and the second at least 30 minutes.

An important feature of Breaks is 'Wiping the Slate Clean', which means that once you have completed a 45 minute break (in the required way i.e. 45 minutes or 15 minutes followed by 30 minutes), the next 4 hour 30 minute driving period begins, regardless of whether the previous 4 hour 30 minute driving period has been completed.

Drivers often come unstuck here as a result of using the 'rest' mode on the tachograph at all possible oppurtunities without monitoring the time during each period.