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Want to know more about the driving hours you could work as an HGV driver? Let’s take a look at some of the more commonly-asked queries.

Is HGV Driving a Good Career?

HGV driving is amazingly rewarding for millions of people! Providing you are passionate about driving, don’t mind driving long distances and make sure you stick to agreed deadlines; there will be no limit to your progression potential. However, it is always a good idea to look into the facts before you decide if HGV driving is right for you.

What are the Driving Hours for HGV?

The rules for HGV driving hours in the UK may differ to those set by the European Union. This is because HGV jobs undertaken on British soil may follow GB Domestic rules instead. It is always worth checking with your employer as to which rules you are bound to. GB Domestic rules state you cannot drive for more than 10 hours.


How many Hours can an HGV driver do in a week


How Many Hours Can an HGV Driver Do in a Week?

According to GB Domestic rules, you will be legally bound to driving no more than 10 hours each day.
EU rules are a little different. These state that you cannot drive for more than 9 hours each day, and no more than 56 hours each week.

What is Classed as ‘Working Time’ for a Driver?

‘Working Time’, or ‘Duty Time’, can differ depending on how you’re employed. GB rules state your Duty Time for an employer is any time you spend on the job. If you drive and work for yourself, it’s any time you spend behind the wheel, or on work related to your vehicle and cargo.

Do Breaks Count Towards ‘Working Time’?

According to UK government advice, breaks do not count towards your Working Time or Duty Time. However, it is imperative that you take a break after five-and-a-half hours of driving. Breaks are crucial, as driving solidly for long periods can cause severe fatigue. A fatigued driver of any vehicle is likely to be putting others at risk.

How Many 15-Hour Shifts Can an HGV Driver Do?

UK and GB rules state that you cannot work in excess of 16 hours in any one shift. However, you must make sure you take at least 10 hours of rest before your first shift for a week, and 10 hours of rest after your last. You must also take at least 10 hours of rest between two working days.

How Many Hours Are You Legally Allowed to Drive in a Day?

GB rules state that you can drive up to 10 hours each day on main roads. You may use part of your Duty Time to drive off-road if working in building or agriculture, for example.
EU rules state that you cannot drive more than 9 hours in a working day.

How Many Hours Can You Drive on a Tachograph?

You are allowed to drive up to 56 hours per week as recorded via tachograph. These rules fall in line with EU standards set at 9 hours per day.

How Long Can Truck Drivers Drive Before Rest?

GB Domestic rules state that all truck drivers should take a break once every five and a half hours of driving. EU rules state that you should break after four and a half hours behind the wheel. Again, you should check which rules you are bound to in discussion with your employer.

What is the Minimum Weekly Rest for HGV?

GB rules have a minimum rest rate set up per fortnight, as opposed to each week. The government states that you should take at least 24 hours off work every two weeks. Again, it is also recommended that you rest at least 10 hours between two working days. The same rules suggest you can rest 8.5 hours three times per week.


What is the Normal Maximum Daily Driving Time Limit


What is the Normal Maximum Daily Driving Time Limit?

This limit will vary depending on the rules you are obliged to follow. GB rules state you cannot drive more than 10 hours per day on main roads. EU rules reduce this a little to 9 hours per day, which is why it is worth knowing the distinction, and what you’re subject to.

What is the Maximum Permitted Average Weekly Working Time Hours?

Providing you take at least 10 hours of rest between two working days, or an equivalent of 8.5 hours three times each week, you will be working to your legal limits. You must also make sure you have a full day off-duty every two weeks – at least. As GB rules state, an 11-hour ‘Duty Time’ limit will apply each day.

Can You Reduce Weekly Rest Twice?

It is not recommended that you reduce your weekly rest if you can help it. However, as mentioned, you can reduce your weekly rest to 8.5 hours on three occasions over a period of seven days. Do make sure to check which rules apply to you.

How Many Hours Can an HGV Driver Work at Night?

Night work is largely seen as that which takes place between midnight and 4am each day. The amount of time you are allowed to work at night will continue to fall under the 10-hour rule for driving. Therefore, you can drive up to 10 hours a day in any 24-hour period.

Does Driver CPC Training Count as ‘Working Time’?

Yes, under most circumstances, CPC training will be classed as Duty Time. One of the main distinctions will be if you are getting paid to undergo the training. Do make sure to check this detail with your employer, if applicable.

Can HGV Drivers Opt-Out of the Working Time Directive?

The working time directive for HGV drivers must be adhered to at all times. Unlike other professions, where you may be able to extend your working time, you must work or drive maximum shifts as set by either GB Domestic or EU rules. Always consult your employer if you are in any doubt.

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