Wednesday July 18, 2018
For the road ahead



In response to requests from Industry, the Department for Transport has, pursuant to Article 14(2) of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006, agreed to a temporary and limited, emergency relaxation of the enforcement of EU drivers' hours rules for drivers involved in the transport of live pigs from farms in Scotland to abattoirs in England following a fire at the Brechin Abattoir.  

This temporary relaxation applies from 00:00 on Monday 21 August and will run until 24:00 on Sunday 17 September. It will apply only to livestock transporters holding a Long Journey Transporter authorisation (Type 2) and drivers holding a Certificate of Professional Competence specifically for pigs and who are involved in the delivery of live pigs from Scottish farms to abattoirs in England. The Department reserves the right to withdraw the relaxation earlier if circumstances change.

The Department wishes to make clear that driver safety must not be compromised. Drivers should not be expected to drive whilst tired - employers remain responsible for the health and safety of their employees and other road users.  

For the drivers and work in question, the EU drivers' hours rules will be temporarily relaxed as follows:-

Raising the fortnightly driving limit from 90 hours to 103 hours. 

All other requirements remain unchanged and will continue to be rigorously enforced.

The practical implementation of the temporary relaxation should be through agreement between employers and employees and/or driver representatives. 

The drivers in question must note on the back of their tachograph charts or printouts the reasons why they are exceeding the normally permitted limits.  This is usual practice in emergencies and is, of course, essential for enforcement purposes.

The temporary relaxation of the rules described above reflects the exceptional circumstances of the closure of operations at the Brechin Abattoir as a result of a fire on 5 August. The Department wishes to emphasise that, as a general rule, we expect business to plan for and manage the risks of disruption to supply chains.

All enquiries regarding interpretation of these temporary arrangements should, in the first instance, be made to the Driver and Vehicle Services Agency on 0300 1239000 or via email at



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