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Tachograph Rules for Double Manning

The situation of double manning usually creates a lot of confusion when people attempt to interpret the relevant Tachograph Rules. This brief article explains to you how the system works.

When is a vehicle considered to be double-manned?

A vehicle is considered to be double-manned if, at any driving period, in between two daily or a daily and weekly rest period, the vehicle has two drivers on board (who are able to drive and have a tachograph card). The first hour of this driving time is optional, which means it is possible to pick up the second driver within one hour after the shift has started. In general, the same tachograph rules apply to both drivers, except for the daily rest rules. If double-manned, each driver must have a daily rest period of 9 hours within a 30-hour period that starts after the last daily or weekly rest period has ended.

Double manned duties

In the situation where a vehicle is double-manned, the total driving time of a single truck can be extended. The maximum driving time in the most ideal situation is 20 hours, before a daily rest for the drivers is required. 20 hours is only possible if both drivers are eligible to drive 10 hours (the extended daily drive time).

Creative interpretation is possible

The second driver does not have to be the same driver from the first shift that is stated as part of a ‘double-manned shift’. The first driver can be accompanied by any number of drivers, as long as he and the second drivers stay within the regulations of their own shifts.
The actual possibilities of total driving times of the “crew” depend on the duties of the individual drivers. Creative planners can get the best out of a truck’s utility.

Also, check out our simple guide to the EU Tachograph Rules.

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