From 6 May 2019, the Employment Relations Amendment Act 2018(external link) provides workers with minimum entitlements to rest and meal breaks. This means bus drivers are entitled to 10-minute breaks during their typical work day, in addition to the 30-minute breaks they already received.
Previously, 10-minute breaks were not commonly provided to bus drivers during their shift. To ensure drivers receive their full entitlements to breaks under the Employment Relations Amendment Act 2018 (the Act) and to avoid disruption to public services, a temporary Land Transport Rule has been drafted.
The Land Transport Rule: Work Time in Large Passenger Service Vehicles 2019 (the Rule) helps explain when drivers are expected to take breaks and what degree of flexibility operators have in providing these breaks. The Rule came into force on the 6 May 2019.