The Department for Transport (DfT) and Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have now given more details, stressing that the change applies in England, Scotland and Wales to drivers of vehicles involved in the delivery of food, non-food (personal care and household paper and cleaning) and over the counter pharmaceuticals.
To qualify, they must be involved in the following journeys:
Changes to the rules
It is important to note that, to get adequate rest, drivers must not use the first and fourth of the above relaxations at the same time.
As is the usual practice in emergencies, the drivers in question must note on the back of their tachograph charts or printouts the reasons why they are exceeding the normally permitted limits.
All enquiries regarding interpretation of these temporary arrangements should, in the first instance, be made to the DfT’s Freight Operator Licensing & Roadworthiness Division via the switchboard on 0300 330 3000 (during office hours) or to the DfT Duty Office on 0207 944 5999 (out of office hours).