Enforcement measures Covid-19

Enforcement measures Covid-19 (Corona) counter measures

(Latest update: 25.03.20 - 11:00)

Following the important number of notifications of temporary exceptions received in relation to driving and rest times justified by the COVID-19 outbreak, the European Commission has compiled this information in a separate table, please click here for the table. This table will be updated on a regular basis.

Furthermore, information can be found on the IRU website, please click here, which is frequently updated with the latest information on freight and passenger transport.

 

 

Country code

Period of operation

Measures taken

BE

14-31.03.2020 (23:59)

TEMPORARY TOLERANCE DRIVING TIMES AND REST PERIODS

Only applicable for drivers active in the transport of food, medication and other life essential goods to shops and pharmacies

Following the announcement of the emergency measures taken by the National security council against the corona virus, shops and pharmacies have been confronted with a collective hoarding of food and medication.

In order to avoid a stock-out and increase in panic among the population, I have decided to accept a temporary and complete tolerance concerning the enforcement of driving and resting times on the basis of article 14. 2 of Regulation 561/2006 for drivers active in the transport of food, medication and other life essential goods to shops and pharmacies.

This temporary tolerance applies from 14/03/2020 at 00:01 for a period of 5 days until 18/03/2020 at 23:59. (extended until 31.03.20: 23:59)

The relaxation applies only to the driving and resting times of drivers involved in the transport of food, medication and other life essential goods in order to stock shops and pharmacies. The drivers in question must note on the back of their tachograph charts or printouts the reason why they are exceeding the normally permitted limits. This is the usual practice in emergencies and is essential for enforcement purposes. The temporary relaxation described above reflects the exceptional circumstances. I wish to make clear that driver and road safety must not be compromised. Drivers should not be expected to drive whilst tired - employers remain responsible for the safety of their employees and other road users.

All enquiries regarding the interpretation of these temporary arrangements should, in the first instance, be made via e-mail to info@mobilit.fgov.be

NL

14.03-07.04.20

Unofficial translation from Dutch:

Regulation of the Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, of 19 March 2020, no. IENW / BSK-2020/54872, laying down temporary rules with regard to the weekly driving and rest times of drivers in road transport in some subsectors by way of derogation from Regulation 561/2006, in connection with measures to prevent the further spread of the virus causing COVID-19

The Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Acting in accordance with the State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment,

Having regard to Article 14, paragraph 2, of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of the European Union of 15 March 2006 harmonizing certain rules of a social nature for road transport, amending Council Regulations (EEC) No 3821/85 and (EC) No 2135/98 and repealing Regulation (EEC) No 3820/ 85 of the Council;

HAS DECIDED AS FOLLOWS:

Article 1

  1. In this Regulation, the definitions of Article 4 of Regulation 561/2006 apply.
  2. Without prejudice to the definitions referred to in the first paragraph, in this Regulation the following definitions apply Regulation: Regulation 561/2006.

Article 2

In connection with measures to prevent the further spread of the virus causing COVID-19, temporary rules are set in derogation from certain rules of the Regulation for a driver who exclusively carries out road transport of goods within the Netherlands to which the Regulation applies, in a sub-sector listed in Appendix 1.
Article 3

  1. Notwithstanding Article 6, paragraph 1, of the Regulation, the daily driving time may not exceed eleven hours.
  2. Notwithstanding Article 6, paragraph 2, of the Regulation, the weekly driving time of a driver may no longer than 60 hours, whereby the maximum weekly working time as defined in Directive 2002/15 / EC may not be exceeded.
  3. Notwithstanding Article 6, third paragraph, of the Regulation, the accumulated driving time for two consecutive weeks may not exceed 96 hours.
  4. Notwithstanding Article 8, paragraph 6, of the Regulation, a weekly rest period may not start later than the end of seven 24-hour periods from the end of the previous weekly rest period.

Article 4
The regulation will take effect on the day after the date of issue of the Government Gazette in which it is published and will run back to March 14, 2020. The scheme will expire on April 7, 2020.

This regulation will be published in the Government Gazette with the explanatory notes.

The Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management,

C. van Nieuwenhuizen Wijbenga

LU

19.03-17.04.20

- Art. 6(2): replacement of the maximum weekly driving limit of 56 hours with one of 60 hours;

 - Art. 6(3): replacement of the maximum fortnightly driving limit of 90 hours with one of 96 hours;

 - Art. 8(6): postponement of a weekly rest period beyond six-24 hours period.

DK

 

 

13-22.03.20

Denmark recently made use of the temporary exception in Article 14(2) of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006 on driving time and rest periods. This temporary exception notified by Denmark exempts drivers involved in all national transport of goods in Denmark from the provisions of Article 8(6) of Regulation 561/2006 in relation to weekly rest periods for the period from 13 March 2020 until 22 March 2020 included.

ES 

14-28.03.20

In response to the extraordinary crisis situation due to the pandemic of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), SPAIN has agreed to a temporary and limited relaxation of the enforcement of driving and rest times for the drivers of vehicles transporting GOODS. This relaxation is granted pursuant to Article 14(2) of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006 and the purpose of this document is to notify the Commission accordingly.

This temporary relaxation applies from MARCH 14th, 2020 and will run until March 28th, 2020, both included. It will apply to those drivers involved in the delivery of goods IN ALL THE SPANISH TERRITORY.

SPAIN has made it clear that driver and road safety must not be compromised. Drivers should not be expected to drive whilst tired - employers remain responsible for the health and safety of their employees and other road users.  

For the above-mentioned category of drivers, the following provisions will be temporarily relaxed as follows: 

  • Derogation to Article 6(1) of Regulation 561/2006.
  • Derogation to Article 8(6) of Regulation 561/2006.

The temporary relaxation of the rules described above reflects the exceptional circumstances stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak. SPAIN wishes to emphasise that, as a general rule, we expect business to plan for and manage the risks of disruption to supply chains.

SE

 

 

 

16.03-14.04.20

In response to the extraordinary crisis situation due to the pandemic of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), SWEDEN has agreed to a temporary and limited relaxation of the enforcement of driving and rest times for the drivers of vehicles engaged in this type of transports. This relaxation is granted pursuant to Article 14(2) of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006 and the purpose of this document is to notify the Commission accordingly. This temporary relaxation applies from MARCH 16th, 2020 and will run until APRIL 14th, 2020. It will apply to those drivers involved in DOMESTICAL and INTERNATIONAL transports.  SWEDEN has made it clear that driver and road safety must not be compromised. Drivers should not be expected to drive whilst tired - employers remain responsible for the health and safety of their employees and other road users.   For the above-mentioned category of drivers, the following provisions will be temporarily relaxed as follows:  

- Derogation to Article 8(1) of Regulation 561/2006: reduction of the daily rest requirements from 11 to 9 hours; 

- Derogation to Article 8(6) of Regulation 561/2006: reduction of the normal weekly rest period from 45 hours to 24 hours. 

- No derogation to Article 7 of Regulation 561/2006

Daily driving time, driving time per week and two weeks driving time may be extended as long as the requirements regarding daily rest and weekly rest is fulfilled. 

 The temporary relaxation of the rules described above reflects the exceptional circumstances stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak. SWEDEN wishes to emphasise that, as a general rule, we expect business to plan for and manage the risks of disruption to supply chains. 

     

NO

 

The Norwegian Directorate of Public Roads (hereafter “the Directorate”), hereby notifies the EFTA Surveillance Authority that the Directorate has granted a temporary exception under Article 14(2) of the Act.

By decision made 13 March 2020, the Directorate granted a temporary exception from Articles 6 and 8 of the Act due to exceptional circumstances.

Due to the circumstances with Covid19- virus, it is needed for the drivers to have certain exemptions from driving and resting time. 

Decision: 

The Directorate of Public Roads is granting a n exception from the drivers’ hours regulations for the following transport activities in Norway: Transport of articles related to life and health such as food distribution and related industries, including fuel distribution, transport of raw materials, animal feed a nd live animals, transport of medicines and medical equipment, distribution of equipment to hospitals and other public institutions. 

The exception is granted on the following conditions:

1.The exception is valid from 13 March 2020 and for 30 days. 

2. Exception is granted from Articles 6 and 8 of Regulation (EC) No. 561/2006, but so that  - the driver’s daily rest periods are at least 9 hours  - the driver has at least one reduced weekly rest every week throughout the dispensation period.

No dispensation is granted from Article 7 of Regulation (EC) No. 561/2006. Provisions on breaks must be followed

UK

18.03-16.04.20

TEMPORARY RELAXATION OF THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE DRIVERS’ HOURS RULES: DELIVERY OF ESSENTIAL ITEMS TO RETAILERS

In response to requests from Industry, the Department for Transport has, pursuant to Article 14(2) of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006, agreed to a temporary and limited urgent relaxation of the enforcement of EU drivers’ hours rules in England, Scotland and Wales for the drivers of vehicles involved in the delivery of food, non-food (personal care and household paper and cleaning) and over the counter pharmaceuticals when undertaking the following journeys:

1. Distribution centre to stores (or fulfilment centre) 2. From manufacturer or supplier to distribution centre (including backhaul collections) 3. From manufacturer or supplier to store (or fulfilment centre) 4. Between distribution centres and transport hub trunking 5. Transport hub deliveries to stores 

This exemption does not apply to drivers undertaking deliveries directly to consumers. 

This temporary relaxation applies from 00:01 on Wednesday 18th March 2020 and will run until 23:59 on Thursday 16th April 2020 and will apply only to the drivers specified in this notice. The Department reserves the right to withdraw the relaxation earlier or extend the relaxation if circumstances change.

The Department wishes to make clear that driver safety must not be compromised. Drivers should not be expected to drive whilst tired - employers remain responsible for the health and safety of their employees and other road users.  

For the drivers and work in question, the EU drivers’ hours rules can be temporarily relaxed as follows:-

a) Replacement of the EU daily driving limit of 9 hours with one of 11 hours; b) Reduction of the daily rest requirements from 11 to 9 hours; c) Lifting the weekly (56 hours) and fortnightly driving limits (90 hours) to 60 and 96 hours respectively; d) Postponement of the requirement to start a weekly rest period after six-24 hours periods, for after seven 24 hours period; although two regular weekly rest periods or a regular and a reduced weekly rest period will still be required within a fortnight;

e) The requirements for daily breaks of 45 minutes after 4.5 hours driving replaced with replaced with a break of 45 minutes after 5.5 hours of driving. 

Drivers’ must not use relaxation ‘a’ and ‘d’ at the same time. This is to ensure drivers are able to get adequate rest. 

The practical implementation of the temporary relaxation should be through agreement between employers and employees and/or driver representatives. 

The drivers in question must note on the back of their tachograph charts or printouts the reasons why they are exceeding the normally permitted limits.  This is usual practice in emergencies and is, of course, essential for enforcement purposes.

The temporary relaxation of the rules described above reflects the exceptional circumstances stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak. The Department wishes to emphasise that, as a general rule, we expect business to plan for and manage the risks of disruption to supply chains.

All enquiries regarding interpretation of these temporary arrangements should, in the first instance, be made to the Freight Operator Licensing & Roadworthiness Division at the Department for Transport via the switchboard on 0207 944 3000 (during office hours) or to the DfT Duty Office on 0207 944 5999 (out of office hours). 

IE

18.03-16.04.20

In response to the extraordinary crisis due to the pandemic of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), IRELAND has agreed to a temporary and limited relaxation of the enforcement of driving and rest times for the drivers of vehicles engaged in goods transport. This relaxation is granted pursuant to Article 14(2) of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006 and the purpose of this document is to notify the Commission accordingly.

This temporary relaxation applies from MARCH 18th, 2020 and will run until April 16th, 2020. It will apply to those drivers involved in DOMESTIC and INTERNATIONAL transports.

IRELAND has made it clear that while the COVID-19 may impact on driving time, driver safety or other road user’s safety must not be compromised. Drivers should not deviate from the rules if it jeopardises road safety nor should they be expected to drive whilst tired - employers remain responsible for the health and safety of their employees and other road users. 

For the above-mentioned category of drivers, the following provisions will be temporarily relaxed as follows: 

-              Derogation to Article 6(3) of Regulation 561/2006: the fortnightly driving limit is lifted from 90 hours to 112 hours.

-              Derogation to Article 8(6) of Regulation 561/2006: In any two consecutive weeks a driver shall take at least two reduced weekly rest periods whilst maintaining the rule that a weekly rest period shall start no later than at the end of six 24-hour periods from the end of the previous weekly rest period. There shall be no requirement for compensation or for a regular weekly rest period to be taken.

Appropriate arrangements must be put in place to record any extra driving time being undertaken by drivers resulting from the COVID-19 crisis. Drivers must record on the back of their analogue tachograph charts or digital tachograph printouts (as soon as they finish their daily working period) the reasons and justification why they are exceeding the prescribed limits.

The temporary relaxation of the rules described above reflects the exceptional circumstances stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak. IRELAND wishes to emphasise that, as a rule, we expect business to plan for and manage the risks of disruption to supply chains.

RO

18.03-16.04.20

In response to the extraordinary crisis situation due to the pandemic of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), ROMANIA has agreed to a temporary and limited relaxation of the enforcement of driving and rest times for the drivers of vehicles transporting GOODS. This relaxation is granted pursuant to Article 14(2) of Regulation (EC) No. 561/2006 and the purpose of this document is to notify the Commission accordingly.

This temporary relaxation applies from 18.03.2020 and will run until 16.04.2020. It will apply to those drivers involved in DOMESTICALLY/INTERNATIONALLY transports.

ROMANIA has made it clear that driver and road safety must not be compromised. Drivers should not be expected to drive whilst tired-employers remain responsible for the health and safety of their employees and other road users.

For the above-mentioned category of drivers, the following provisions will be temporarily relaxed as follows:

  • Derogation to Article 6(1) of Regulation 561/2006: replacement of the maximum daily driving limit of 9 hours with one of 11 hours;
  • Derogation to Article 7 of Regulation 561/2006: replacement of the minimum daily breaks requirements by imposing a break of 45 minutes after 5 and a half hours
  • Derogartion to Article 8(1) of Regulation 561/2006: Reduction of the daily rest requirements from 11 to 9 hours;
  • Derogation to Article 8(6) of Regulation 561/2006: postponement of a weekly rest period beyond six-24 hours period.

The temporary relaxation of the rules described above reflects the exceptional circumstances stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak. ROMANIA wishes to emphasise that, as a general rule, we expect business to plan for and manage the risks of disruption to supply chains.

PL

18-16.04.20

Due to the pandemic of coronavirus infections the Minister of Infrastructure in Poland has  introduced derogations in the provisions on the working time of drivers performing international road transport of persons and goods. The temporary measures apply from 18 March 2020 to 16 April 2020.
The derogations are as follows:

  • daily driving time cannot exceed 11 hours (Derogation to Article 6(1) of Regulation 561/2006)
  • weekly driving time cannot exceed 60 hours  (Derogation to Article 6(2) of Regulation 561/2006)
  • fortnightly driving limit may not exceed 96 hours  (Derogation to Article 6(3) of Regulation 561/2006)
  • after a five-and-a-half-hour driving time, a driver shall be entitled to a continuous break of at least forty-five minutes (Derogation to Article 7 of Regulation 561/2006).

Due to the extended driving time (from 9 hours to 11 hours), no derogations will be applied to daily and weekly rest periods.

HR

18.03-16.04.20

In response to the extraordinary crisis due to the pandemic of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), CROATIA has agreed to a temporary and limited relaxation of the enforcement of driving and rest times for the drivers of vehicles engaged in goods transport. This relaxation is granted pursuant to Article 14(2) of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006 and the purpose of this document is to notify the Commission accordingly.

This temporary relaxation applies from MARCH 18th, 2020 and will run until April 16th, 2020. It will apply to those drivers involved in DOMESTIC and INTERNATIONAL freight transports of carriage of products consisting of life and health, such as the distribution of food and related industries, including the distribution of fuels, the transport of raw materials, food for life and animal life, the transport of medicines and medical equipment, the distribution of equipment to hospitals and other public institutions.

CROATIA has made it clear that while the COVID-19 may impact on driving time, driver safety or other road user’s safety must not be compromised. Drivers should not deviate from the rules if it jeopardises road safety nor should they be expected to drive whilst tired - employers remain responsible for the health and safety of their employees and other road users.  

For the above-mentioned category of drivers, the following provisions will be temporarily relaxed as follows: 

- Derogation to Article 6(1) of Regulation 561/2006: by increasing the maximum daily driving time limit from 9 hours to 11 hours

- Derogation to Article 6(2) of Regulation 561/2006: by increasing the maximum weekly driving time limit from 56 hours to 60 hours

- Derogation to Article 6(3) of Regulation 561/2006: the fortnightly driving limit is lifted from 90 hours to 96 hours.

- Derogation to Article 7 of Regulation 561/2006: in such a way that the driving period of 4.5 hours after which the driver takes a continuous break of at least 45 minutes is increased to a driving period of 5.5 hours

- Derogation to Article 8(2) of Regulation 561/2006: in a way that the driver has a daily rest at least 9 hours

- Derogation to Article 8(6) of Regulation 561/2006: in a way that the one regular weekly driver rest period is at least 24 hours

 

The temporary relaxation of the rules described above reflects the exceptional circumstances stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak. CROATIA wishes to emphasise that, as a rule, we expect business to plan for and manage the risks of disruption to supply chains.

CZ

16.03-14.04.20

Temporary derogation from driving and rest times based on Art. 14 (2) of Regulation 561/2006 by CZ.

Ministry of Transport in accordance with Article 14.2 of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 March 2006 on the harmonization of certain social legislation relating to road transport, amending Council Regulation (EEC) No 3821/85 and (EC) No 2135/98 and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 3820/85 notified the European Commission that:

 from 16.3.2020, 00:00 to 14.4.2020, 23:59h

the Czech authorities will respect and tolerate truck drivers deviations from the rules of driving and rest periods, which will be caused by unexpected delays, especially at border crossings. Drivers who, due to crossing checks or other sanitary measures imposed eg on customers caused by a coronavirus epidemic, will have to deviate from the established rules, must record the reason for the derogation on the tachograph printout or on the record sheet at the latest after arriving at the break or rest point. At the same time, drivers must take care not to endanger road safety in any way.

This temporary relaxation applies to all drivers involved in all goods transport in the Czech Republic.

This exemption is justified by the ongoing pandemic COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the need for the transport sector to ensure the operation of key economic sectors and, last but not least, the possibility of delivering goods.

HU

21.03-19.04.20

In response to the extraordinary crisis situation due to the pandemic of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), HUNGARY has agreed to a temporary and limited relaxation of the enforcement of driving and rest times for the drivers of vehicles engaged in this type of transports. This relaxation is granted pursuant to Article 14(2) of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006 and the purpose of this document is to notify the Commission accordingly.

This temporary relaxation applies from MARCH 21st, 2020 and will run until APRIL 19th, 2020. It will apply to those drivers involved in DOMESTICAL and INTERNATIONAL transports. 

HUNGARY has made it clear that driver and road safety must not be compromised. Drivers should not be expected to drive whilst tired - employers remain responsible for the health and safety of their employees and other road users.

For the above-mentioned category of drivers, the following provisions will be temporarily relaxed as follows:

  • Derogation to Article 6(1) of Regulation 561/2006: replacement of the maximum daily driving limit of 9 hours with one of 11 hours;
  • Derogation to Article 6(2) of Regulation 561/2006: replacement of the maximum weekly driving limit of 56 hours with one of 65 hours;
  • Derogation to Article 6(3) of Regulation 561/2006:replacement of the maximum fortnightly driving limit of 90 hours with one of 105 hours;
  • Derogation to Article 7 of Regulation 561/2006: replacement of the minimum daily breaks requirements by imposing a break of 45 minutes after 5 and a half hours.
  • Derogation to Article 8(1) of Regulation 561/2006: reduction of the daily rest requirements from 11 to 9 hours;
  • Derogation to Article 8(6) of Regulation 561/2006: reduction of the normal weekly rest period from 45 hours to 24 hours.
  • Derogation to Article 8(6) of Regulation 561/2006: postponed of a weekly rest period from six to seven 24-hour period from the end of the previous weekly rest period.

The temporary relaxation of the rules described above reflects the exceptional circumstances stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak. HUNGARY wishes to emphasise that, as a general rule, we expect business to plan for and manage the risks of disruption to supply chains.

PT

23.03-06.04.20

In response to the extraordinary crisis situation due to the pandemic of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), PORTUGAL has agreed to a temporary and limited relaxation of the enforcement of driving and rest times for the drivers of vehicles transporting GOODS. This relaxation is granted pursuant to Article 14(2) of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006 and the purpose of this document is to notify the Commission accordingly.

This temporary relaxation applies from MARCH 23th, 2020 and will run until April 6rd, 2020, both included. It will apply to those drivers involved in the delivery of goods IN ALL THE PORTUGUESE TERRITORY.

PORTUGAL has made it clear that driver and road safety must not be compromised. Drivers should not be expected to drive whilst tired - employers remain responsible for the health and safety of their employees and other road users.  

For the above-mentioned category of drivers, the following provisions will be temporarily relaxed as follows: 

  • Derogation to Article 6(1) of Regulation 561/2006.
  • Derogation to Article 8(6) of Regulation 561/2006.

The temporary relaxation of the rules described above reflects the exceptional circumstances stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak. PORTUGAL wishes to emphasise that, as a general rule, we expect business to plan for and manage the risks of disruption to supply chains.

 

 

 

       

 

Published on
18/03/2020 - 11:00

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