Weekly rest period
As a general rule, the weekly rest period must be at least 45 hours, no more than six days after the previous weekly rest.
An exception has been introduced for international passenger transport, allowing the weekly rest to be taken as late as on the 12th day.
- Every second week, the weekly rest period may be reduced to 24 hours.
- A reduced weekly rest period is a period of at least 24 continuous hours but less than 45 hours.
- The weekly rest period must be started within one week (from Monday morning 00:00 to Sunday night 24:00).
- The reduction of the weekly rest period must be compensated by an equivalent period of rest.
- The part of the weekly rest period that has not been taken must be taken en bloc and attached to another rest period of at least 9 hours (for example, a daily rest period). Example: You take a reduced weekly rest of 30 hours. You can take the 15 hours that need to be compensated together with the following daily rest, i.e. that you rest for a total of 24 hours.
- The deadline for compensating a reduced weekly rest (15 hours according to the example above) is the end of the third week following the week in which the reduction took place.
A reduced weekly rest may be taken in the vehicle if it has suitable sleeping facilities and is stationary. A regular weekly rest may not be taken in the vehicle.
The purpose of the system with reduced weekly rest and compensation is to ensure that the regulations are flexible for drivers.