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trafficban.com - Truck traffic bans in Europe
2020-04-03

Belgium extends exemptions from driving time rules

Previous relaxations in this regard were in force from March 14 to March 31.

Temporary exemption from driving times and resting periods for drivers working in the entire logistics chain and transporting basic goods and medicines, has been extended until midnight April 30.
Relaxed rules:
1) 60 hours of weekly driving time (instead of 56 hours),
2) 96 hours of fortnightly driving time (instead of 96 hours);
3) The possibility of postponing the requirement to start a weekly rest period after six-24 hours periods since the previous weekly rest period, although two regular weekly rest periods or a regular and a reduced weekly rest period are still required within a fortnight
New changes
In addition to prolonging existing exemptions, 2 additional derogations have been introduced:
1) from March 26 to April 25 drivers are allowed to spend their weekly rest periods in the cabin provided that the vehicle is designed for this. This exemption applies to domestic and international freight transport and is not limited to the transport of basic goods and medicines;
1) From April 1 to April 30, a regular weekly rest period (45 consecutive hours) may be reduced to 24 hours, without any compensation. This exemption applies only to the transport of basic goods and medicines.
Drivers are obliged to state the reason for departing from the permitted limits on digital tacho printouts or on the reverse of the tachograph disc.

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