A reminder of Domestic Drivers’ hours’ rules

A reminder to van drivers delivering over the Christmas period. During this festive period, we want to remind you to follow domestic drivers’ hours rules.

Don’t be tempted to exceed the limits and drive tired. The rules are there to keep you and other road users safe.

Goods vehicles

If you drive a goods vehicle, there are rules you need to follow on-duty time, daily driving limits and daily duty limits.

  • You MUST not drive for more than 10 hours a day
  • You must not be on duty for more than 11 hours on any working day. This limit does not apply on any working day when you do not drive.
Domestic Drivers' hours rules

Buses and coaches

  • You must not drive for more than 10 hours in any working day.
  • If your working day is less than 8 hours 30 minutes, you must take a break after 5 hours 30 minutes of driving. The break must last 30 minutes or longer.
  • If your working day is 8 hours 30 minutes or more, you must not drive for more than 7 hours and 45 minutes. You must also take breaks that add up to at least 45 minutes.
  • If you work more than 8 hours 30 minutes, you must take an extra break before you finish working. The extra break must last 30 minutes or longer.
  • You cannot take a break immediately before the end of your shift.
  • Length of working day (‘spreadover’)
  • You must not work more than 16 hours between the times of starting and finishing work – including the times when you’re not driving.

You can find out more information on Domestic Drivers’ hours’ rules here.

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