While two-up drivers must never exceed the working hours mandated by their particular work/rest option, there are no set short rest requirements for drivers operating in a BFM two-up arrangement. In other words, you do not have to take a break after or within the first 6 ¼ hours and so on.
However, it is important for drivers and other parties in the chain of responsibility, working under this arrangement to keep to the general duties provided for in the law.
Operators accredited under BFM are entitled (and encouraged) to install their own short rest break requirements.
Under the CoR it is the;
228 Duty of driver to avoid driving while fatigued
(1) A person must not drive a fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle on a road while the person is impaired by fatigue and
229 Duty of party in the chain of responsibility to prevent driver driving while fatigued
(1) A party in the chain of responsibility (a party) for a fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle must take all reasonable steps to ensure a person (the other person) does not drive the vehicle on a road while the other person is impaired by fatigue.
If you don’t show that you have taken rest breaks, it is entirely feasible that Inspectors or other Authorities could rule you as working while fatigued.
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