Guide to Drivers’ Hours: Goods Vehicles

You may not drive a goods vehicle continuously on national and international journeys for a period longer than 4½ hours. There is a daily limit of 9 to 10 hours depending on the particular circumstances.

Rest periods must be for at least 45 minutes in total after a period of driving for the maximum period. You are not able to drive for more than 56 hours in one week or for more than 90 hours in a two week period.

There are also specific requirements for rest periods within any 24 hour and weekly period.

Do I need an NIP (Notice of Intended Prosecution) for drivers’ hours offences?

No, there is not a requirement for an NIP for Drivers’ Hours Offences.


Fine up to £2,500.


Any Defences in this area usually turn on the particular facts and can include situations where there is genuine emergency. Do not just accept it if it is alleged that you have contravened the drivers’ hours regulations. We advise you contact us immediately if you are facing a prosecution under this head to take specialist legal advice.

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