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Update: Single Manned International Bus Journeys

As of 1 January 2014 the rules for single manned international bus journeys changed. Drivers driving between 22:00 and 06:00 are now required to take a 45 minute break after 3 hours of aggregated driving, instead of the usual 4.5 hours.

This only affects drivers of buses that spend more than 24 hours in a member state(s) other than their base, and who have taken sufficient rest before and after their use of the 12 day rule derogation. Please note that this legislation change also requires any such vehicle to be fitted with a digital tachograph.

We are featuring the relevant section below, but we strongly recommend that you refer to Regulation (EC) No 561/2006 for further information on this update. 

REGULATION (EC) No 1073/2009 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 21 October 2009 on common rules for access to the international market for coach and bus services, and amending Regulation (EC) No 561/2006

Article 29

Amendment to Regulation (EC) No 561/2006

Section 6a

 (c) after 1 January 2014, the vehicle is equipped with recording equipment in accordance with the requirements of Annex IB to Regulation (EEC) No 3821/85; and

(d) after 1 January 2014, if driving during the period from 22,00 to 06,00, the vehicle is multi-manned or the driving period referred to in Article 7 is reduced to three hours.

If you have any questions on the above or would like more information on our Digital Tachograph, the SE5000 Exakt Duo, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01382 866 400, or visit

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