There has been a lot of confusion regarding night rest breaks and 24 hour breaks within a 14 day counting period. In particular, what happens when a 24 hour break doesn’t fully encompass the hours between 10pm and 8am.
The minimum rest is interpreted as 2 X 24 hours of continuous stationary Rest breaks (the first taken after no more than 84 hours work time) & 4 X Night Rest breaks , two(2) of which must be taken on consecutive days.
The definition of a night rest break is given as “7 continuous hours of stationary rest time between 10pm on a day and 8am on the next day (using the time zone of the driver’s base), OR 24 continuous hours of stationary rest time”
The definitive word here is “or”. A 24 hour break can include a night rest break regardless of what time the 24 hour period ends and also counts as a 24 hour break. A 48 hour break within 14 days would then count for 2 × 24 hour breaks plus 2 consecutive night rest breaks leaving only 2 more night rest breaks to be accounted for within the 14 day period. Another 24 hour break would account for one more of the 4 required night rest breaks and so on.
However you need to understand what the valid counting period is or when you can start counting. A BFM solo driver would count a period of 14 days from the end of a rest break of 24 or more continuous hours OR from the end of a night rest break.
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