Regulation 2006/561 - Harmonisation of certain social legislation relating to road transport and amending Council Regulations (EEC) No 3821/85 and (EC) No 2135/98 and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 3820/85 - Declaration

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This regulation has been published on April 11, 2006 and entered into force on May  1, 2006.


Key information

official title

Regulation (EC) No 561/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 March 2006 on the harmonisation of certain social legislation relating to road transport and amending Council Regulations (EEC) No 3821/85 and (EC) No 2135/98 and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 3820/85 - Declaration
Legal instrument Regulation
Number legal act Regulation 2006/561
Original proposal COM(2001)573 EN
CELEX number i 32006R0561


Key dates

Document 15-03-2006
Publication in Official Journal 11-04-2006; Special edition in Croatian: Chapter 05 Volume 006,Special edition in Romanian: Chapter 05 Volume 008,OJ L 102, 11.4.2006,Special edition in Bulgarian: Chapter 05 Volume 008
Effect 01-05-2006; Entry into force See Art 29
11-04-2007; Entry into force See Art 29
Deadline 20-11-2024; At the latest See Art 23a.2 And 32020R1054
31-12-2024; At the latest See Art 8a.4 And 32020R1054
20-08-2025; See Art 23a.2 And 32020R1054
31-12-2025; At the latest See Art 9a And 32020R1054
End of validity 31-12-9999


Legislative text



Official Journal of the European Union

L 102/1



of 15 March 2006

on the harmonisation of certain social legislation relating to road transport and amending Council Regulations (EEC) No 3821/85 and (EC) No 2135/98 and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 3820/85

(Text with EEA relevance)


Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community, and in particular Article 71 thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the Commission (1),

Having regard to the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee (2),

After consulting the Committee of the Regions,

Acting in accordance with the procedure laid down in Article 251 of the Treaty (3), in the light of the joint text approved by the Conciliation Committee on 8 December 2005,




In the field of road transport, Council Regulation (EEC) No 3820/85 of 20 December 1985 on the harmonisation of certain social legislation relating to road transport (4) sought to harmonise the conditions of competition between modes of inland transport, especially with regard to the road transport sector, and to improve working conditions and road safety. Progress in these areas should be safeguarded and extended.



Directive 2002/15/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2002 on the organisation of the working time of persons performing mobile road transport activities (5) requires Member States to adopt measures which limit the maximum weekly working time of mobile workers.



Difficulties have been experienced in interpreting, applying, enforcing and monitoring certain provisions of Regulation (EEC) No 3820/85 relating to driving time, break and rest period rules for drivers engaged in national and international road transport within the Community in a uniform manner in all Member States, because of the broad terms in which they are drafted.



Effective and uniform enforcement of those provisions is desirable if their objectives are to be achieved and the application of the rules is not to be brought into disrepute. Therefore, a clearer and simpler set of rules is needed, which will be more easily understood, interpreted and applied by the road transport industry and the enforcement authorities.



Measures provided for in this Regulation regarding working conditions should not prejudice the right of the two sides of industry to lay down, by collective bargaining or otherwise, provisions more favourable to workers.



It is desirable to define clearly the scope of this Regulation by specifying the main categories of vehicle which it covers.



This Regulation should apply to carriage by road undertaken either exclusively within the Community or between the Community, Switzerland and the countries party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area.



The European Agreement concerning the Work of Crews of Vehicles engaged in International Road Transport of 1 July 1970 (the AETR), as amended, should continue to apply to the carriage by road of goods and passengers by vehicles registered in any Member State or any country which is a contracting party to the AETR, for the whole of the journey where that journey is between the Community and a third country other than Switzerland and the countries which are contracting parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or through such a country. It is essential to modify the AETR as soon as possible, ideally within two years of the entry into force of this Regulation, in order to align its provisions with this Regulation.



In the case of carriage by road using vehicles registered in a third country...


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