Temporary exemptions to Regulation (EU) No 561/2006: EU Member States

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As of March 20, 2020

Country Exceptional circumstances linked to COVID-19 Period Categories of transport/drivers Provisions from Regulation 561/2006 derogated from Date of notification
Notified by:
Poland Poland Ensure the national supply of goods 18/03/2020 – 16/04/2020 Domestic and international transport of goods and passengers – Art. 6(1): replacement of the maximum daily driving limit of 9 hours with one of 11 hours;
– Art. 6(2): replacement of the maximum weekly driving limit of 56 hours with one of 60 hours;
– Art. 6(3): replacement of the maximum fortnightly driving limit of 90 hours with one of 96 hours;
– Art. 7: replacement of the minimum daily breaks requirements by imposing a break of 45 minutes after 5 and a half hours.
Notified on 18/03/2020
By PL Ministry of Infrastructure
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Ireland Ireland Ensure the national supply of goods 18/03/2020 – 16/04/2020 Domestic and international transport of goods – Art. 6(3): the fortnightly driving limit is lifted from 90 hours to 112 hours.
– Art. 8(6): at least two reduced weekly rest periods in any two consecutive weeks. No requirement for compensation or for a regular weekly rest period to be taken.
No postponement of the requirement to start a weekly rest period after six-24 hours periods.
Notified on 18/03/2020
By IE Transport Ministry
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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland United Kingdom Ensure the national supply of goods 18/03/2020 – 16/04/2020 Delivery of food, non-food (personal care and household paper and cleaning) and over the counter pharmaceuticals when undertaking the following journeys in England, Scotland and Wales:
– Distribution centre to stores (or fulfilment centre)
– From manufacturer or supplier to distribution centre (including backhaul collections)
– From manufacturer or supplier to store (or fulfilment centre)- Between distribution centres and transport hub trunking
– Transport hub deliveries to stores
This exemption does not apply to drivers undertaking deliveries directly to consumers.
– Art. 6(1): replacement of the maximum daily driving limit of 9 hours with one of 11 hours;
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– Art 8(6): Postponement of the requirement to start a weekly rest period after six-24 hours periods, for after seven 24 hours period; although two regular weekly rest periods or a regular and a reduced weekly rest period will still be required within a fortnight;
– Art. 6(2): replacement of the maximum weekly driving limit of 56 hours with one of 60 hours;
– Art. 6(3): replacement of the maximum fortnightly driving limit of 90 hours with one of 96 hours;
– Art. 7: replacement of the minimum daily breaks requirements by imposing a break of 45 minutes after 5 and a half hours;
– Art. 8(1): Reduction of the daily rest requirements from 11 to 9 hours;
Notified on 18/03/2020
By UK Transport Ministry
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Belgium Belgium Ensure the national supply of goods 19/03/2020 – 31/03/2020 Drivers involved in the supply chain relating to essential goods and medicine. – Art. 6(2): replacement of the maximum weekly driving limit of 56 hours with one of 60 hours;
– Art. 6(3): replacement of the maximum fortnightly driving limit of 90 hours with one of 96 hours;
– Art. 8(6): postponement of a weekly rest period beyond six-24 hours period.
Notified on 18/03/2020
By BE Transport Ministry
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Bulgaria Bulgaria Ensure the national supply of goods 19/03/2020 – 13/04/2020 National and international transport of goods – Art. 6(1): replacement of the maximum daily driving limit of 9 hours with one of 11 hours;
– Art. 7: replacement of the minimum daily breaks requirements by imposing a break of 45 minutes after 5 and a half hours;
– Art. 8(6): reduction of the regular weekly rest period from 45 hours to 24 hours.
Notified on 17/03/2020
By BG Perm Rep to EU
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Romania Romania Ensure the national supply of goods 18/03/2020 -16/04/2020 National and international transport of goods – Art. 6(1): replacement of the maximum daily driving limit of 9 hours with one of 11 hours;
– Art. 7: replacement of the minimum daily breaks requirements by imposing a break of 45 minutes after 5 and a half hours
– Art. 8(1): Reduction of the daily rest requirements from 11 to 9 hours;
– Art. 8(6): postponement of a weekly rest period beyond six-24 hours period.
Notified on 17/03/2020
By RO Perm Rep to EU
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Spain Spain Ensure the national supply of goods 14/03/2020 – 28/03/2020 All transport of goods in Spain – Art. 6(1): lifting the daily driving time limit
– Art. 8(6): provisions on weekly rest periods
Notified on 17/03/2020
By Transport Ministry
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Sweden Sweden Ensure the national supply of goods 16/03/2020 – 14/04/2020 All national transport of goods and passengers in Sweden – Art. 8(2): daily rest period of at least 9 consecutive hours within 24 hour period
– Art. 8(6): continuous rest period of at least 24 hours shall be considered as a weekly rest period without any compensation
– Art. 6: daily, weekly and the fortnightly driving time limits can be extended as long as rest requirement and breaks in Reg. 561/2006 are complied with.
Notified on 16/03/2020
By Swedish Transport Agency
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Denmark Denmark Ensure national supply of goods 13/03/2020 – 22/03/2020 All national transport of goods in Denmark – Art. 8(6): postponement of the requirement for a weekly rest period during the specified period Notified on 13/03/2020
Danish Road Traffic Authority
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Austria Austria Ensure national supply of goods and avoid bottlenecks 14/03/2020 – 12/04/2020 TBC TBC Notified on 16/03/2020
By Transport Ministry
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Czechia Czech Republic  Ensure national supply of goods 16/03/2020 – 12/04/2020 All transport of goods in the Czech Republic TBC Notified on 16/03/2020
By Ministry of Transport
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