Working Time Directive & GB Domestic Rules


Duty time - If you work as a driver for a company, duty time is any working time. If you’re self-employed, duty time is only time you spend driving the vehicle or doing other work related to the vehicle or its load.

Daily driving limit - You must not drive for more than 10 hours in a day on public roads.

Daily duty limit - You must not be on duty for more than 11 hours in any working day. This limit doesn’t apply on any working day when you don’t drive. Breaks and rest are not part of duty time.

You must record your hours on a weekly record sheet or on a tachograph.

After 5 hours 30 minutes of continuous driving you must take a break of at least 30 minutes for rest and refreshment. Or, within any period of 8 hours 30 minutes, you must take at least 45 minutes in breaks. You must also have a break of at least 30 minutes at the end of this period, unless it’s the end of the working day.

Length of working day (‘spread over’) - You must not work more than 16 hours between the times of starting and finishing work - including non-driving work and any times when you’re off.

Daily rest periods - You must take a rest of 10 hours before the first duty and immediately after the last duty in a working week.

You must take a rest of at least 10 hours between 2 working days (or spread overs) - this can be reduced to 8.5 hours up to 3 times a week.

All duties must start and finish within a 24-hour period.

Fortnightly rest periods - Every 2 weeks you must take at least one period of 24 hours off duty.

A fixed week is from 00:00 hours on Monday to 24:00 hours the next Sunday.

Emergencies - The GB domestic rules are relaxed, the driving and duty limits are suspended for the duration of the emergency in cases where immediate action is needed to avoid:

danger to the life or health of people or animals;

serious interruption of essential public services (gas, water, electricity or drainage), of telecommunication or postal services, or in the use of roads, railways, ports or airports; or serious damage to property.

But you MUST ensure you get Adequate rest, means you should have regular rest periods. These rest periods must be sufficiently long and continuous to ensure that you do not harm yourselves, fellow workers or others and that you do not damage their health in the short or long term.

It is your responsibility to keep track of your breaks and working hours and you should advise your OSM of any foreseeable problems or issues when receiving work details.

Any unreasonable demands being made with regard to working hours by the planning dept. should be reported to your OSM.  

Work Schedule Policy


At certain times through the engagement you may be asked to provide services from another customer location, if this happens and is requested by the customer you will still receive the day rate as per the SLA, and may also be reimbursed for mileage at the rate prescribed by the customer.

Alternative working may and can happen as there is a requirement to the customer to fulfil the contract.

This does not include:

  • Routine travel to and from place of work unless stated or agreed prior to travel.

  • Unpaid rest breaks when no work is done.

  • Time spent travelling outside normal working time

  • Training such as non-job related evening or day courses

  • Leave due to sickness, annual leave, maternity leave, accrued leave.

Fast UK Parcel run a 7-day operation based on our clients’ needs, this gives drivers the option to several working schedules in order to best suit their needs.


Example, Work 4 days consecutive, 4 days rest – Alternatively 5 days consecutive, with 1 day rest and a further 4 days work with 2 days rest etc.