Position paper on Driving Times and Rest Periods
The safety of European roads is among the highest priority of the European Confederation of Fuel Distributors members (ECFD). In that respect, Regulation N°561/2006 on the harmonization of certain social legislation relating to road transport1 plays a major role as it provides professional drivers with the assurance that their daily activities will not be hampered by a dangerous environment nor by degraded working conditions. The benefits of this regulation are not to be considered only through a social perspective. Guaranteeing reasonable driving times as well as regular breaks and rest periods for drivers are essential prerequisites to secure European roads from easily avoidable accidents linked to tiredness and reduced attention span.