New EU ‘Working Time’ Regulation – businesses must know mobile workforce’s journey times

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Time spent travelling to and from first and last appointments by workers without a fixed office should be regarded as working time, the European Court of Justice has ruled making it essential to record drivers working time in vehicle.

Thousands of British businesses could be forced to change their working arrangements following a significant ruling from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on travelling hours. The court ruled that workers without a fixed office who travel to appointments should have that time included as part of their working hours and that its judgement was about protecting the “health and safety” of workers as set out in the European Union’s working time directive.

Many employers have previously not considered this time as work, and firms who employ sales representatives or care workers, among many other professions, could now be in breach of European Union time regulations.The judges dismissed arguments from British government lawyers that declaring travelling time as work could be abused by dishonest employees to carry out personal business, saying it was up to companies to prevent that.

Essential for businesses to know employees’ location and travel time

This is where a cost-effective solution is now critical for businesses of all sizes to know employees’ travel time, distances and locations. This is both in terms of managing costs to the business as well as legal working hours and appropriate staffing levels.

Cost-effective solution for all business sizes

And what could be more flexible and cost-effective than GPS vehicle tracking software from PAY AS YOU TRACK, which reports on journey start and finish times, distances travelled, costs and driver locations. With no installation or tie-in contracts, the PAY AS YOU TRACK app is immediate to download to any smartphone and is easy to set up and use, only tracking when in a vehicle making it the perfect solution for SMEs through to large corporates. A privacy setting allows the GPS tracking to be switched off in personal time.

PAY AS YOU TRACK’s flexible tracking software also integrates to a number of ‘trackers’ including traditional ‘black box’ hard-wired units and easy to fit Plug n’ Drive devices. Tracking is charged at a fixed rate from 25p per day, however if a vehicle does less than 15 minutes of movement in a day, then there is no charge for that day.

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