Standard hours

Standard hours apply to all drivers operators who do not have accreditation for fatigue management.

Standard hours – work and rest hours requirements

The table below applies to solo drivers.

Time

Work

Rest

In any period of…

A driver must not work for more than a maximum  of…

And must have the rest of that period off work with at least a minimum rest break of…

5 ½ hours

5 ¼ hours work time

15 continuous minutes rest time

8 hours

7 ½ hours work time

30 minutes rest time in blocks of 15 continuous minutes

11 hours

10 hours work time

60 minutes rest time in blocks of 15 continuous minutes

24 hours

12 hours work time

7 continuous hours stationary rest time*

7 days

72 hours work time

24 continuous hours stationary rest time

14 days

144 hours work time

2 x night rest breaks# and 2 x night rest breaks taken on consecutive days

*Stationary rest time is the time a driver spends out of a heavy vehicle or in an approved sleeper berth of a stationary heavy vehicle.  #Night rest breaks are 7 continuous hours stationary rest time taken between the hours of 10pm on a day and 8am on the next day (using the time zone of the base of the driver) or a 24 continuous hours stationary rest break.

Download the Daily work and rest hours planner - Standard hours (solo drivers) (PDF, 24KB)

The below table applies to solo drivers in the bus and coach sector only.

Time

Work

Rest

In any period of...

A driver must not work for more than a maximum of...

And must have the rest of that period off work with at least a minimum rest break of...

5 1/2 hours

5 1/4 hours work time

15 continuous minutes rest time

8 hours

7 1/2 hours work time

30 minutes rest time in blocks of 15 continuous minutes

11 hours

10 hours work time

60 minutes rest time in blocks of 15 continuous minutes

24 hours

12 hours work time

7 continuous hours stationary rest time*

7 days

 

6 x night rest breaks#

28 days

288 hours work time

4 x 24 hours continuous hours stationary rest time 

*Stationary rest time is the time a driver spends out of a heavy vehicle or in an approved sleeper berth of a stationary heavy vehicle. #Night rest breaks are 7 continuous hours stationary rest time taken between the hours of 10pm on a day and 8am on the next day (using the time zone of the base of the driver) or a 24 continuous hours stationary rest break.

The below table applies to two-up drivers

Time

Work

Rest

In any period of...

A driver must not work for more than a maximum of...

And must have the rest of that period off work with at least a minimum rest break of...

5 1/2 hours

5 1/4 hours work time

15 continuous minutes rest time

8 hours

7 1/2 hours work time

30 minutes rest time in blocks of 15 continuous minutes

11 hours

10 hours work time

60 minutes rest time in blocks of 15 continuous minutes

24 hours

12 hours work time

5 continuous hours stationary rest time* or 5 hours continuous rest time in an approved sleeper berth while the vehicle   is moving

52 hours 

 

10 continuous hours stationary rest time

7 days

60 hours work time

24 continuous hours stationary rest time and 24 hours stationary rest time in blocks of at least 7 continuous hours of stationary rest time

14 days

120 hours work time

2 x night rest breaks# and 2 x night rest breaks taken on consecutive days

*Stationary rest time is the time a driver spends out of a heavy vehicle or in an approved sleeper berth of a stationary heavy vehicle. #Night rest breaks are 7 continuous hours stationary rest time taken between the hours of 10pm on a day and 8am on the next day (using the time zone of the base of the driver) or a 24 continuous hours stationary rest break.