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Working at the wheel for longer

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Twelve days on the road for professional coach drivers in Europe will be legal from next January. This will let companies that run one-week tours get by with one driver instead of having two on each trip.

The revised rules on working time at the wheel, finalised in the European Parliament, are also aimed at partly liberalising goods haulage. After an international delivery, these drivers will be authorised to carry out additional operations between European cities, up to a maximum of three in a space of seven days, before heading for base. This is aimed at cutting down on vehicles rolling empty. At the moment, each country applies its own rules, which makes it more complicated to do business. For truck and coach drivers, daily rest requirements apply. A provision that night driving a coach be done by two drivers will be introduced in 2014. The measures set out to balance cost considerations with safety on Europe’s roads.