IS A FAX AS YOU CAN SEE REGARDING LAWS FOR RECOVERY AND BREAKDOWN VEHICLES
OPERATORS AND DRIVERS.
Hamilton House Foster Road Parkestotii Harwich G0124QA
Dear Mr. Rose,
To recap, prior to 11h April all recovery vehicles were exempt from EU legislation on driver's hours and tachograph rules. As such they were controlled by domestic rules which meant that although the hours rules had to be obeyed there was no requirement to keep any records if all work was carded out of scope of Operator Licensing laws, that is to say an Operator License was not required for any of the work carried out by the vehicle, i.e. vehicles were never transported for any reason other than to be recovered.
EU regulation 561/2006 changes certain rules. Now the exemption from EU rules only apply to recovery vehicles operating within 100kms from base (62 miles). If any recovery vehicle only ever operates within 100kms of base then the Operator and driver is governed exactly the same as he was Prior to 11th April- there is no change whatsoever.
However the following points must be bourn in mind if the vehicle becomes liable for EU Legislation:
EU rules will apply for the complete day on which any work outside the 1QQKms radius is undertaken. Bear in mind the day commences from the time the driver comes on duty immediately after his last rest period i.e 9 or 11 consecutive hours of rest (whichever applies). Consider the following three examples:
a) day 1
A driver works all day under domestic rules 0800 hrs to 1700hrs. at
B) day 1 As above, except he Is not called out for the late duty so he finished at 17OOhrs
He reports at 0800hrs and works around the yard until 1400hrs. Then he
C) day 1 As above, finishing at 1700hrs.
He reports at 0800hrs and works until 1300hrs and is then sent home
because there is no work,
Now consider a further alternative.
Day 1 As above, finishing at 1700 hrs .
He reports at O800 hrs and works around then yard until 17OO hrs and then
gets a call out for a
Obviously I have not mentioned the working time directive rules yet but
these also need to have been
Another very important thing to consider is also the question of the Weekly
Finally, Because of this requirement it is a very good idea for the driver
to always keep a record with
If you have any other queries, and I am sure that I have not been able
to cover everything here, then
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