Mobility and Transport


Guidance notes on the implementation of Community rules on driving times and rest periods of professional drivers

Guidance notes on the implementation of Community rules on driving times and rest periods of professional drivers

In accordance with Article 22 (4) of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006 the Commission supports dialogue between Member States concerning national interpretation and application of the Regulation. In 2007 the Commission established the Legal Working Group on the harmonized application of social rules in road transport under the auspices of the Committee on social rules in road transport, which was subsequently merged with the Infringement Working Group resulting in the creation of the Enforcement Working Group in 2015.

The following guidance notes have been drafted by the Working Group and endorsed by the Committee composed of Commission representatives, experts from Member States national administrations, enforcement bodies, employers' organisations and trade unions. Guidance notes provide comments on certain provisions of the Regulation with the aim to improve efficiency, effectiveness and consistency in the enforcement of these rules across the EU.

GUIDANCE NOTE 1 - Exceptional deviation to find a suitable stopping place

GUIDANCE NOTE 2 - Recording driver's travelling time

GUIDANCE NOTE 3 - Interrupting driver's break or rest in emergencies

GUIDANCE NOTE 4 - Driving time recorded in frequent-stop multi-drop operations

GUIDANCE NOTE 5 - Attestation of activities

GUIDANCE NOTE 6 - Recording of time spent on ferry or train

GUIDANCE NOTE 7 - The meaning of "each period of 24 hours"

GUIDANCE NOTE 8 - Exceptional situations when driving without a driver card is allowed.

Clarification notes

The clarification notes set out the Commission services' point of view on the application and implementation of a number of provisions of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006 on the harmonisation of certain social legislation relating to road transport. The clarifications aim at ensuring a common understanding and harmonious application of these provisions. It should be noted that, in any event, interpretation of European Union law is ultimately the prerogative of the European Court of Justice.

Clarification note 1 : National regulations inspired by the European Union rules

Clarification note 2 : Vehicles being driven for repair, washing or maintenance purposes

Clarification note 3 : Vehicles used as local shops at local markets

Clarification note 4 : Application of Article 26 of the Regulation

Clarification note 5 : Recording of a mixed activity of 'in' and 'out' of scope driving

Clarification note 6 : Temporary exceptions in urgent exceptional circumstances

Clarification note 7 : Recording and controlling activities and inactivity periods of drivers when away from a vehicle