Transport Planning and the Working Time Directive

Woodhouse, Peter
June 2002
Logistics & Transport Focus;Jun2002, Vol. 4 Issue 5, p64
Trade Publication
It is a known fact that workers in the road transport industry are, as of June 2002, outside the scope of the working time regulations of Great Britain. Motivated by a desire to create a safer and more competitive high quality road transport system in the European Commission (EC), the commission has proposed three new pieces of EC legislation. These are the horizontal directive, road transport directive, and the new EC Drivers' Hours Rules. This article explains the three proposed legislation. The horizontal directive will extend the scope of the working time regulations to the transport sector in Great Britain in August 2003. Unlike the horizontal directive, the road transport directive will only apply to mobile workers and self-employed drivers. The road transport directive also includes a much broader definition of what constitutes working time. The new EC drivers' hours rules are expected to clarify the scope of the existing legislation by setting out main categories of vehicle affected, delete minimum ages for drivers, update and/or remove outdated exemptions, better define the terms used in the rules, and make changes to driving time, breaks, daily rest and weekly rest.


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