Derogation from driving and rest times pursuant to Art. 14 (2) of Regulation 561/2006

In response to the extraordinary crisis situation due to the pandemic of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Sweden has adopted a temporary and limited relaxation of the enforcement of driving and rest times for the drivers of vehicles transporting all types of goods and transport of passengers.

This temporary relaxation applies from 2022-02-01 and will run until 2022-03-03. It will apply to all drivers, irrespective of their nationality, when operating on the territory of the Member State.

Sweden has made it clear that working conditions of drivers 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 6(1) of Regulation 561/2006: replacement of the maximum daily driving limit of 9 hours with one of 11 hours;
  • Derogation to Article 6(2) of Regulation 561/2006: replacement of the maximum weekly driving limit of 56 hours with one of 60 hours;
  • Derogation to Article 6(3) of Regulation 561/2006: replacement of the maximum fortnightly driving limit of 90 hours with one of 120 hours
  • No derogation to Article 7 of Regulation 561/2006
  • Derogation to Article 8(1) of Regulation 561/2006: reduction of the regular daily rest requirements from 11 to 9 hours;
  • Derogation to Article 8(6b) of Regulation 561/2006: reduction of the regular weekly rest period does not need to be compensated;

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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