Great Britain Domestic Driving Rules

The GB domestic driving rules apply to most passenger-carrying vehicles and goods vehicles that don’t have to follow the EU rules. Read through the list below and ensure that you’re following all of the rules for the safety of yourself and those on the road around you.

All of the rules listed below apply in Great Britain – however there are different rules for Northern Ireland.

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Daily Driving Limit

The daily driving limit on a public road is 10 hours, which also applies to driving off-road if it’s not during duty time.

Daily Duty Limit

The maximum amount of time that you can spend on duty on any working day is 11 hours. This does not apply for working days when you do not drive.

Duty time

If you’re employed as a driver, your duty time is any time spent working for your company. But if you’re a self-employed driver, your duty time is only classed as the time that you spend driving or loading and unloading your vehicle.

Duty Time For Off-Road Driving

Driving off-road is classed as Duty Time in the following industries

  • Agriculture
  • Quarrying
  • Forestry
  • Building Work
  • Civil Engineering

You must record your hours on a weekly record sheet or on a tachograph.

Daily rest periods

A 10 hour rest must be taken between two consecutive working days. This rest period can be reduced to 8.5 hours up to three times a week.

GB Domestic Rules

GB domestic rules apply if both the following are true:

GB Domestic Driving Rules Exemptions

These rules do not apply if you:

  • Drive for less than 4 hours per day
  • Drive off-road or on private roads during duty time
  • Drive a vehicle used by the armed forces, police or fire brigade
  • Are dealing with an emergency, e.g. major disruption to public services or danger to life
  • Private driving is not subject to GB domestic drivers’ hours rules


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