On 16 April, the Luxembourg Minister of Mobility has signed a new relaxation of the rules regarding driving and rest times.
The new rules apply from 18 April until 31 May, included, and are as follows:
- Art. 6.1: Increase of the maximum daily driving time from 9 hours to 11 hours, not more than three times per week
- Art. 6.3: Increase of the fortnightly driving time from 90 hours to 96 hours
- Art. 8.6: Postponement of a weekly rest period from six to seven 24-hour periods, with the obligation to compensate during the following week
- Art. 8.8: possibility for the driver to take the regular weekly rest in the vehicle, as long as it has suitable sleeping facilities,for each driver and the vehicle is stationary.
The Ministry of Mobility has set out new measures for bus and coach transport in Luxembourg. The measures apply immediately and until further notice and provide for the following:
- The front door of multi-door vehicles can no longer be used by passengers
- The first row of passenger seats should remain unoccupied. The driver is requested to put up barrier tape or similar
- The driver does not sell tickets (RegioZone) anymore
- The social distancing rules must be displayed on the vehicle
A state of emergency has been declared for 3 months but may be cancelled earlier. There are no restrictions considering transport of goods in Luxembourg, but there may be short waiting times at the borders.
Luxembourg has agreed on a temporary and limited relaxation of the enforcement of driving and rest times for the drivers involved in domestic and international delivery of goods. This relaxation is granted pursuant to Article 14(2) of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006. This temporary relaxation applies from 19 March 2020 and will run until 17 April 2020.
Luxembourg has made it clear that driver and road safety must not be compromised. Drivers should not be expected to drive whilst tired - employers remain responsible for the health and safety of their employees and other road users.
For the above mentioned category of drivers, the following provisions will be temporarily relaxed as follows:
- Derogation to Article 6(2): replacement of the maximum weekly driving limit of 56 hours with one of 60 hours.
- Derogation to Article 6(3): replacement of the maximum fortnightly driving limit of 90 hours with one of 96 hours.
- Derogation to Article 8(6): postponement of a weekly rest period beyond six-24 hours period.