Driving time

Four and a half hours’ driving is regarded as a driving period. The driving time can be continuous or split up. The daily driving period may not exceed nine hours.  Daily driving time can be extended to ten hours twice a week.


  • The 45-minute break must be spent on rest, and not be used for other work.
  • If necessary, the break can be split into two breaks of 15 and 30 minutes, respectively.
  • If you split the break, the two breaks may not be switched around – the last one must always be 30 minutes.
  • After a continuous or split break (totalling 45 minutes) begins a new driving period of a maximum of 4.5 hours.


You drive for 4.5 hours, take a 45-minute break, and then start a new driving period.

You drive for 2.5 hours, take a 15-minute break, drive for two more hours and take a 30-minute break. You then start a new driving period.