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Work time and logbook requirements

Updated: 10 October 2012

'Work time' is a legal term that means the maximum number of hours a driver of a commercial or heavy motor vehicle is allowed to work, including driving, before they must take a rest.

Restricting the work time hours of those who drive these types of vehicle helps to reduce the risk of fatigue - however, driving within the regulated work time hours is no guarantee that your driving will not be impaired by fatigue.

Who do the work time and logbook rules apply to?

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You can also read more about fatigue in the commercial road transport toolkit for drivers and operators.

Training

A number of providers in New Zealand offer training on work time and logbooks. More information is available through Tranzqual, the training organisation for the road transport industry.

How we can help

Call our contact centre for advice on and help with complying with all transport-related rules, regulations, and vehicle standards and requirements.

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Safe and efficient driving
Be aware of the important safety issues for commercial drivers.

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Operating a vehicle working on critical agricultural tasks?
You may be able to apply for a 'variation' to legal work time hours.