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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 a 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.

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 pdf - 155 KB [155 KB] български (bg)čeština (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti keel (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)français (fr)hrvatski (hr)italiano (it)latviešu valoda (lv)lietuvių kalba (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv) - Exceptional deviation to find a suitable stopping place

GUIDANCE NOTE 2 pdf - 109 KB [109 KB] български (bg)čeština (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti keel (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)français (fr)hrvatski (hr)italiano (it)latviešu valoda (lv)lietuvių kalba (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv) - Recording driver's travelling time

GUIDANCE NOTE 3 pdf - 102 KB [102 KB] български (bg)čeština (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti keel (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)français (fr)hrvatski (hr)italiano (it)latviešu valoda (lv)lietuvių kalba (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv) - Interrupting driver's break or rest in emergencies

GUIDANCE NOTE 4 pdf - 130 KB [130 KB] български (bg)čeština (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti keel (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)français (fr)hrvatski (hr)italiano (it)latviešu valoda (lv)lietuvių kalba (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv) - Driving time recorded in frequent-stop multi-drop operations

GUIDANCE NOTE 5 pdf - 165 KB [165 KB] български (bg)čeština (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti keel (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)français (fr)hrvatski (hr)italiano (it)latviešu valoda (lv)lietuvių kalba (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv) - Attestation of activities

GUIDANCE NOTE 6 pdf - 121 KB [121 KB] български (bg)čeština (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti keel (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)français (fr)hrvatski (hr)italiano (it)latviešu valoda (lv)lietuvių kalba (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv) - Recording of time spent on ferry or train

GUIDANCE NOTE 7 pdf - 268 KB [268 KB] български (bg)čeština (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti keel (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)français (fr)hrvatski (hr)italiano (it)latviešu valoda (lv)lietuvių kalba (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv) - The meaning of "each period of 24 hours"

GUIDANCE NOTE 8 pdf - 11 KB [11 KB] български (bg)čeština (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti keel (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)français (fr)hrvatski (hr)italiano (it)latviešu valoda (lv)lietuvių kalba (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv) - 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 pdf - 9 KB [9 KB] : National regulations inspired by the European Union rules

Clarification note 2 pdf - 9 KB [9 KB] : Vehicles being driven for repair, washing or maintenance purposes

Clarification note 3 pdf - 10 KB [10 KB] : Vehicles used as local shops at local markets

Clarification note 4 pdf - 10 KB [10 KB] : Application of Article 26 of the Regulation

Clarification note 5 pdf - 10 KB [10 KB] : Recording of a mixed activity of 'in' and 'out' of scope driving

Clarification note 6 pdf - 9 KB [9 KB] : Temporary exceptions in urgent exceptional circumstances