Weather changes rules
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• Hauliers delayed by the recent bad weather have been granted a temporary relaxation of drivers hours' rules.
The move, effective between 9-18 February, removes daily and weekly driving hours lim its this concession was last granted three years ago in Scotland.
The Department of Transport say it will help hauliers cope with travelling in severe conditions and with the backlog of work that will remain once weather improves.
The relaxation of regulations, allowed under European law, means that time spent driving to meet exceptional circumstances because of severe weather conditions will not he added on to a drivers' daily or weekly hours totals, However, drivers must still take breaks after four and half hours driving and must continue to use their tachographs and keep records.
The DOT say records will be checked on a case-by-case basis and drivers must keep accurate records of when their journeys are affected by bad weather,