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Preserved Buses and Tachographs
(within the UK)

Preserved Buses may be used without tachographs in restricted circumstances, as follows:

  Vehicles built before 1st January 1947 Vehicles built during or after 1947 but built over 25 years ago, that are preserved for their historic interest Vehicles built less than 25 years ago
Limited loads No driving hours rules or requirement for tachograph,
if:
not used for hire or reward
No driving hours rules or requirement for tachograph,
if:
carrying less than 9 passengers including driver, not used for hire or reward, and travelling to or from museums, rallies or other places where the vehicle is to be displayed, or travelling to or from the vehicle's place of maintenance or repair.
No driving hours rules or requirement for tachograph,
if:
Less than 18 seats (including driver) and not used for hire or reward
EC rules, including use of tachograph, apply
if:
18 or more seats (including driver) and not used for hire or reward.
Unlimited loads No driving hours rules or requirement for tachograph,
if:
not used for hire or reward
No driving hours rules or requirement for tachograph,
if:
Less than 18 seats (including driver) and not used for hire or reward
EC rules including use of tachograph, apply
if:
18 or more seats (including driver) and not used for hire or reward.
No driving hours rules or requirement for tachograph,
if:
Less than 18 seats (including driver) and not used for hire or reward
EC rules, including use of tachograph, apply
if:
18 or more seats (including driver) and not used for hire or reward.

DISCUSSION

The previously unclear regulations concerning tachographs in vehicles operating "free vintage bus services" have been clarified in the latest (2017) edition of booklet PSV375 which now does not differentiate between PSVs and non-PSVs. In essence the exmptions from tachograph regulations for "Vehicles used for the carriage of passengers on regular services with a route that does not exceed 50 km" now apply to both, and further state:

  • A regular service is a service which provides for the carriage of passengers at specified intervals along a specified route and where passengers are taken up and set down at predetermined stopping points.
  • Journeys involving the carriage of specified categories of passengers are also classed as regular services, provided they are operated under the same conditions. They are known as a “special regular service”. Typical examples would be the carriage of workers between home and work and the carriage of school pupils and students to and from educational establishments.
  • ‘Specified intervals’ means the frequency of the service must be specified and be characterised by a degree of regularity. The existence of a timetable available to potential users of the service is indicative of a specified frequency.
  • ‘Specified route’ means a precisely defined route which has predetermined stopping points at which passengers may be taken up or set down. The passengers must be in a position to know the route to be taken and the stopping points. In addition to the start and finish points of the route there must be at least one other stopping point.
    This is the length of the route along which the vehicle travels, it does not include backtracking along the same route, or distance spent going to and from the depot from the start or end of the route.

Useful sources

  • The Department for Transport - the Driver's Hours and Tachograph Rules for Road Passenger Vehicles in the UK and Europe booklet (PSV 375) is available for download as a PDF document.
  • FBHVC - the Federation of British Vehicle Clubs' site.

Disclaimer

I hate disclaimers, but it has to be said:
These notes were originally compiled in February 2006 and are believed to be both accurate and current, but should not be construed as legal advice. The interpretation of the law is a matter for the courts and is open to any individual to take legal advice on their behalf.

This page was last updated on Monday, 08-May-2017 09:54:03 BST

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