What is the new “12 Day Rule”?
Coach drivers on a single international coach tour will be able to work for up to 12 consecutive days, provided that:
- the journey is a single trip
- the driver takes a regular rest period of at least 45 hours immediately before the journey
- the driver takes longer rest periods after the 12 day trip
- the driver continues to take daily rest and breaks in line with existing requirements
How the rest rules work
Professional drivers can only work for 12 consecutive days if they follow the rules before during and after their international coach tour trip
Before your 12 day trip:
You must have a regular weekly rest period at least 45 hours long.
During your 12 day trip:
You must be working on a single occasional service (like a coach tour).
For 24 hours of those 12 days, you and the coach tour passengers must be in a different country (includes Northern Ireland) than where you started the trip.
After your trip
You must take two regular weekly rest periods. You have 2 options.
- Both can be 45 hours, or
- One can be 45 hours + a reduced period, which can't be less than 24 hours.
If you take the second option, you have to compensate for your reduced rest period. This means the rest owed to you can be taken with a daily rest period of at least 9 hours or another weekly rest period and must be taken before the end of the third week following return from the trip.
Be sure you have a tour itinerary and a passenger waybill before you start your 12 day trip.
After 1st January, 2014, there will be 2 additional requirements for coach drivers taking 12 day trips:
- You must have a digital tachograph fitted to your vehicle
- If your driving time is between 22:00 and 06:00, you must have more than one driver, and you can't drive more than 3 hours without a break.
Operators or drivers requiring further information concerning the 12 day rule should contact:
Road Haulage Enforcement