The government introduces temporary derogations from drivers’ working hours

Temporary derogations apply to drivers engaged in domestic and international road transport of goods on the territory of the Republic of Poland. These derogations do not apply to bus drivers.

As the ministry explains, the decision to introduce them was made in connection with the extraordinary situation caused by the war in Ukraine, the European Union’s sanctions package against Russia and Belarus, and the need to maintain the smooth supply of goods.

The ministry indicated that the changes include extending the maximum permissible daily driving time from 9 hours to 11 hours, extending the maximum permissible weekly driving time from 56 hours to a maximum of 60 hours, extending the maximum permissible two-week driving time from 90 hours to a maximum of 96 hours, the extension of the maximum driving time, after which a break of 45 minutes is required, from 4 hours and 30 minutes to 5 hours and 30 minutes and the possibility for the driver to spend a regular weekly rest period in the vehicle, provided it has a suitable sleeping berth for each driver and is stationary.

The Ministry of Infrastructure emphasizes that the application of temporary derogations may not deteriorate the working conditions of drivers and the level of road safety. Employers remain responsible for the health and safety of their employees and other road users. It is therefore appropriate not to allow situations in which the driver will drive the vehicle when he is tired.

Source: PAP,

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