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UK keeps EU working week opt-out

The UK's opt-out from the European Working Time Directive, which enables UK workers to work more than 48 hours a week, will remain in place. The European Parliament wanted the opt-out to be phased out over the next three years, but MEPs, member states and the European Commission were unable to agree how this should be achieved.

The opt-out allows workers to choose how many hours they work and increases flexibility in the workplace. In the current economic climate, flexible working is a valuable tool that can help organisations respond more effectively to peaks and troughs in demand and increase their productivity. The opt-out may also allow workers to boost their income by working longer hours if they wish to do so.

Driving time is governed by the EU Drivers’ Hours Regulation – EC561/2006 and total working time for drivers and other ‘mobile workers’ is governed by the Road Transport (Working Time) Regulations 2005. As part of our long-standing commitment to compliance, Driver Hire has detailed systems and procedures in place to ensure that our candidates observe these regulations.

For more information on working time, visit the ‘Resources’ section of the Driver Hire website.

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