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The 6 hour driving rule explained
What is the 6 hour rule?
In short the 6 hour rule is:
- A driver may not WORK (That means both driving & other work) for more than 6 hours at once without taking a break.
- Before working beyond the 6 hours you must have taken a break of at least 15 minutes.
- You can take this before or upon reaching 6 hours of work. So long as you do not work longer than 6 hours without separating it with a break.
- If working between 6 and 9 hours then you are required to have taken at least 30 minutes of break in total before the end of your shift.
- This break can be taken all at once or in sections of 15 minutes, but just remember that you can never work more than 6 hours in one stretch.
- This pattern continues if working beyond the 9 hours threshold whereby a further 15 minutes is required. Once again this 45 minutes can be taken all at once so long as you abide by the 6 hour rule.
To make this as simple as possible follow these rules:
- You must take a break of at least 15 minutes either within the first 6 hours of work or upon reaching 6 hours of working time in total.
- If you are going to work longer than 6 hours you must take at least another 15 minutes (30 minutes in total) before your total working time exceeds 9 hours and before you complete your shift.
- If you are going to work more than 9 hours then you must take at least another 15 minutes (45 minutes in total) before your total working time goes over 9 hours or before you complete your shift.
- Never work more than 6 hours at once without taking a break.