In this case, when the total period of flexibilities has been exceeded for 30 days, the required authorization from the European Commission has been requested, in accordance with its guidelines.
This new resolution is applicable throughout the national territory, from April 13 to May 31. The approved exemptions are:
A] For drivers who carry out freight operations:
- The limits on daily driving are excepted, allowing the duration of the daily driving period to be extended by two hours, that is, the limit of 9 hours and 10 hours is suspended twice a week.
- Possibility of taking two consecutive reduced weekly breaks, of at least 24 hours, without compensation, provided that the driver takes at least 4 weekly rest periods in 4 consecutive weeks, of which at least two will have to be rest periods normal weekly.
- Reduce the 11-hour daily rest requirement to a 9-hour daily rest.
- The driver is allowed to take his normal weekly rest in the vehicle, as long as the vehicle is adequately equipped for each driver's rest and is parked.
B] For drivers of discretionary passenger transport that carry out their activity in the agricultural sector, the fulfillment of daily rest is excepted, reducing it from 11 to 9 hours, when the route of the service in question does not exceed 50 kilometers, in all the national territory.
Essential transport work against COVID-19
After the declaration of the state of alarm throughout the national territory, in order to face the health crisis caused by COVID-19, the merchandise transport sector has become a sector of vital importance, performing essential work every days to guarantee the supply of our citizens and our productive system in general.
In this context, and after the extension of the alarm state, it is necessary to continue with flexible working conditions for drivers, facilitating transport and at the same time reducing the risk to their health.
In addition, reducing the occupancy of passenger transport vehicles to a third of their capacity to provide the maximum possible distance between people, has made it difficult for workers dedicated to the agricultural sector to move, which may affect harvesting and Subsequent supply of basic food products.