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HGV drivers' working hours - is your business compliant?

  • STANLEY Security

The transport and logistics industries play a key role in enabling trade and ensuring the success of business operations. However, the chain management process can be very challenging and complex, especially when you are dealing with the compliance, production, shipment, storage and the delivery of goods.

Compliance failure is a risk to take and can have a significant impact on your lead times, customer service expectations, delivery capacity and fuel costs.

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As an employer, you must monitor your drivers time and make sure they do not go over the limit. You must record all working hours and keep the records for at least 2 years.

HGV driving hours is a complex area of legislation and it’s essential to get it right Legally.

Here, we bring you some key sets of rules for employers to abide by: 

Driving and the working time regulations 

Source: GOV.UK

The HGV 4.5-hour driving rules for employees

You cannot drive for longer than 4.5 hours without taking a break of at least 45 minutes.


A 45-minute break can be taken in 2 sections. The first must be 15 minutes or over and the second section at least 30 minutes or over.

You must have at least 15 minutes of continuous break for it to count as a break. Anything less will be recorded as other work.

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Daily Rules

Employees can drive up to 9 hours in a day and 10 hours up to twice in a fixed week.

The Weekly Drive Rule

You can drive up to 56 hours in a fixed week. You can accrue this drive over no more than 6 consecutive duties within a fixed week.

The Fortnightly Drive Rule

You can drive no more than 90 hours within 2 consecutive weeks. This is any 2 weeks together, and the rolling total must not exceed 90 hours.

Daily rest

The standard daily rest requirement is 11 hours within a 24-hour period. This means the rest must begin no later than 13 hours after the duty has begun.

E.g. If you plan to start at 6:00 am you must finish by 19:00 to have 11 hours daily rest. Even if you take off more than 11 hours

How do you stay compliant and record staffs’ hours?

STANLEY Security implements time and attendance systems for Transport and logistic companies that monitors and tracks employees, control access and protects staff and goods.

Free ROI Time and Attendance Calculator

A free ROI Calculator is available via www.stanleysecurity.co.uk/solutions/time-and-attendance/roi-calculator, please feel free to input your figures to see how much time/money you could save.

STANLEY Security offer a range of Time and Attendance solutions including:

  • Management of temporary / contract staff hours
  • Tracking of seasonal score hours
  • Rota scheduling 24/7, payroll, staff holidays
  • Employee Smartphone clocking in / out
  • Access Control integration for card & biometric clocking in machines.
  • Smartphone clocking in/out

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To help you to tailor the right solution to match your needs, we would be pleased to provide you a no obligation demonstration of our Time and Attendance systems.

Please contact us to arrange this, or if you have any questions for our expert advisors.

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Saturday, 17 April 2021