Driving time and rest period is subject to a number of rules.
Daily rest period
The regular rest period is a period of 11 hours uninterrupted rest. This rest period may be divided in two periods: the 1st period must be at least 3 hours uninterrupted and the 2nd must be at least 9 hours uninterrupted.
Within each period of 24 hours after the end of the previous daily rest period or weekly rest period a driver shall have taken a new daily rest period.
If the portion of the daily rest period which falls within that 24 hour period is at least nine hours but less than 11 hours, then the daily rest period in question shall be regarded as a reduced daily rest period. A driver may have at most three reduced daily rest periods between any two weekly rest periods.
When drivers are engaged in multimanning they must have taken a new daily rest period of at least nine hours within 30 hours of the end of a daily or weekly rest period.
Weekly rest period
‘Weekly rest period’ means the weekly period during which a driver may freely dispose of his time and covers a ‘regular weekly rest period’ and a ‘reduced weekly rest period’.
The regular weekly rest period means a period of at least 45 hours uninterrupted rest. The reduced weekly rest period means any period of rest of less than 45 hours which may be shortened to a minimum of 24 hours uninterrupted rest (though compensation before end of the 3rd week in a row).
In any two consecutive weeks a driver shall take at least two regular weekly rest periods, or one regular weekly rest period and one reduced weekly rest period of at least 24 hours.
A weekly rest period shall start no later than at the end of six 24-hour periods from the end of the previous weekly rest period.
Daily driving time
The daily driving time should not exceed 9 hours. Twice a week, this may be extended to 10 hours.
Uninterrupted driving time
After a driving period of 4,5 hours a driver shall take an uninterrupted break of not less than 45 minutes, unless he takes a rest period. This break may be replaced by a break of at least 15 minutes followed by a break of at least 30 minutes over the same period.
Weekly driving time
The weekly driving time shall not exceed 56 hours.
Two weekly driving time
The total driving time during any 2 consecutive weeks shall not exceed 90 hours.