When working under EU rules, all driving time must be recorded using a tachograph. If a route exceeds 50km in length it can be assumed that the driver is working under EU rules, which are detailed below.
The main EU rules on driving hours are that you must not drive more than:
1/. 9 hours in a day - this can be extended to 10 hours twice a week e.g.: 4.5 hrs driving, 45 minute break, 4.5 hrs driving, DAILY REST or: 3 hours driving, 15 minute break, 1.5 hours driving, 30 minute break, 4.5 hrs driving, DAILY REST NB: The second example detailing a split break is ONLY LEGAL WHEN TAKEN IN A 15 THEN A 30 MINUTE BREAK. If you do it the other way round, your tachograph will record an infringement. Taking a full 45 minute break within the 4.5hrs driving time "wipes the slate" so if you do 2 hours driving and then take a 45 minute break you can continue then for 4.5 hrs or until you take a break.
2/. 56 hours in a week
3/. 90 hours in any 2 consecutive weeks
At least 11 hours rest every day. This can be reduced to 9 hours up to 3 times a week.
An unbroken spell of 45 hours. this can be reduced to 24 hours every other week. Weekly rest must be started at the end of your 6th day of work.