The German law banning normal weekly rest from being taken in the vehicle will come in to force on Thursday 25 May 2017.
The law says that:
– regular weekly rest may not be spent in the cabin;
– suitable sleeping facilities must be available to drivers at the place where they do spend the rest;
If a driver is found spending his regular rest in the cabin or in another place which is not equipped with the suitable sleeping facilities, this will be considered as not having taken the regular weekly rest at all (proportionally);
Fines will be identical to those that apply if a driver has completely omitted to take a regular weekly rest:
· 60 EUR per hour of falling short of the rest for the driver;
· the transport operator – 180 EUR per hour of falling short of the rest, due to the fact that the company failed to follow the law