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Working Time Directive

To be used in conjunction with the EU Drivers Hours Regulations, the Road Transport (Working Time) Regulations 2005 (aka The Working Time Directive) aims to control the actual hours worked and to bring drivers into line with the 48 Hour Working Week.

Once again, this information is intended to make the regulations more digestable and should be used as a guideline. For the full regulations see the Vosa document Working Time Regulations for mobile workers.


Working Time Classification

  • When calculating Working Time for the Working Time Directive, Periods of Rest and Periods of Availabilty (POA) do not count.


Weekly Working Time

  • Drivers must not exceed an AVERAGE of 48 Hours per week.
  • A maximum of 60 Hours can be worked in a single week.


Night Work

  • If a drivers shift enters any part of the period betweem 00:00 and 04:00 Hours, they are classed as night workers and their working time must not exceed 10 Hours.
  • It is possible to 'opt-out' of the Night Work regulation under a collective/workforce agreement.



  • Drivers completing a working period of between 6 and 9 hours must take a break(s) totalling at least 30 minutes.
  • Where periods of work exceed 9 hours a break(s) totaling at least 45 minutes must be taken.
  • Only breaks of at least 15 minutes qualify towards these breaks.


Reference Period

  • Working time can be averaged out over 17 weeks.
  • Following a collective/workforce agreement the working time can be averaged over 26 weeks.