Notification of temporary derogation from driving and rest times pursuant to Art. 14(2) of Regulation 561/2006 by Sweden March 16th–April 14th

In response to the extraordinary crisis situation due to the pandemic of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), SWEDEN has agreed to a temporary and limited relaxation of the enforcement of driving and rest times for the drivers of vehicles engaged in this type of transports. This relaxation is granted pursuant to Article 14(2) of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006 and the purpose of this document is to notify the Commission accordingly.

This temporary relaxation applies from MARCH 16th, 2020 and will run until APRIL 14th, 2020. It will apply to those drivers involved in DOMESTICAL and INTERNATIONAL transports. 

SWEDEN has made it clear that driver and road safety must not be compromised. Drivers should not be expected to drive whilst tired - employers remain responsible for the health and safety of their employees and other road users.  

For the above-mentioned category of drivers, the following provisions will be temporarily relaxed as follows: 

  • Derogation to Article 8(1) of Regulation 561/2006: reduction of the daily rest requirements from 11 to 9 hours;
  • Derogation to Article 8(6) of Regulation 561/2006: reduction of the normal weekly rest period from 45 hours to 24 hours.
  • No derogation to Article 7 of Regulation 561/2006

Daily driving time, driving time per week and two weeks driving time may be extended as long as the requirements regarding daily rest and weekly rest is fulfilled.

The temporary relaxation of the rules described above reflects the exceptional circumstances stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak. SWEDEN wishes to emphasise that, as a general rule, we expect business to plan for and manage the risks of disruption to supply chains.

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