Driving Times and Rest Periods for Drivers (Regulation)
The EU Commission wants to give provisions on driving times and rest periods greater clarity and make them more flexible. In addition, enforcement will be improved by ensuring more efficient use of tachographs. In cep’s view, expanding the time frame, for the drivers’ compulsory weekly rest periods, to four weeks, creates more scheduling flexibility.
The obligation to provide drivers with suitable accommodation, in conjunction with the right to return home, may also prevent the many months spent by drivers in a “nomadic existence” moving between lay-bys. However, the ability to spend rest periods in private accommodation of the driver’s choosing also gives rise to the possibility of misuse by employers.