Driving time & rest periods

Driving period stop

After max. 4.5 hours of driving period you have to make a break of 45 minutes at least.This driving period stop you can split into a 15-minutes-break, followed by a 30-minutes-break.Note: At digital tachographs you have to add an additional minute to prevent mistakes at the readout

Daily driving period

Max. 9 hours; twice per week 10 hours are allowed

Daily rest period

Would be 11 hours - but it can be shortened without compensation 3x per week on 9 hours and divided at all other days: in a 3-hours-rest period, then followed by a 9-hour-rest period

Weekly rest period

Amounts to 45 hours. If you reach a compensation in the next 3 following weeks, you can reduce every second week rest period to 24 hours. The missing 21 hours are to append on the existing daily rest period or weekly rest period


If you are driving a tour group and have a stay of at least one full calendar day abroad, you can completely displace the shortened weekly rest period between two 45-hours-weekly rest period to a later date within the next three following weeks (passenger waybill + DigiTach)

Driving period between two weekly rest periods

Max. 56 hours

Driving period in two successive weeks

Double week driving period max. 90 hours

Evidence about driving periods, rest periods etc.

Have to be complete and gapless about the period of the last 28 calendar days and have to be carry along in form of tachograph discs, holiday certificates or digital recordings on the driver card