Department of Transport Letter of Temporary Derogation on Drivers Hours

In view of the potential impact of COVID-19 on HGV operations and the importance of the road haulage sector to the national economy and in response to requests from the haulage industry, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) have agreed to allow a temporary and urgent derogation in respect of certain provisions of the EU driving and resting time rules. The derogation will apply to all operators and drivers subject to the EU drivers’ hours and tachograph rules engaged in the carriage of goods (including oil etc.). The derogation is in effect from 18 March 2020 up to 16 April 2020 and will be subject to review during this time.