HOS stands for Hours of Service or alternatively can be known as EU drivers’ hours driving limits. It is the maximum allowable working hours for HGV drivers in a given period. It also defines how much rest a driver should have between shifts.
The limits differ for property and passenger carrying drivers.
While subject to change, here are the current rules:
HGV (e.g. goods trucks)
- 9-hour daily driving limit - Cannot drive for longer than 10 hours twice a week*
- 45-minute rest breaks - Must be taken every 4.5 hours**
- 56-hour weekly limit - Cannot drive more than 56 hours in any 1-week period***
- 90-hour 2 week limit - Cannot drive more than 90 hours in any 2-week period****
*Must be followed by at least 11 hours off duty if working from 6:00am to 7:00pm, or 9 hours off duty if working from 9:00pm to 6:00am the following day
**Can be split into 1 x 15 minute and 1 x 30 minute break in that order only, after 2 hours of driving
*** No more than 2 x 10 hour driving days in a calendar week
****90 hours maximum in a 2 week period, with no more than 56 hours in any one week
This is a guide only, please refer to the DVSA for the most up-to-date rules.
EU drivers’ hours driving limits are intended to keep fatigued drivers off the road and improve safety for other road users. Failure to comply can result in a £300 fixed penalty, a graduated deposit of up to £1500, or a court summons.