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How and when to use ferry mode

A Guide for Drivers

One of the most common questions we are asked by our trainees is how ferry mode is to be used on the tachograph. Firstly, there is a misconception that ferry mode is like the modes of Driver, Work, and Break: this is not the case. Ferry mode has a very specific purpose: to enable a driver to interrupt his rest period to board and disembark from a ferry.

Your mode will be on Break. To tell the tachograph that you are boarding a ferry, you must toggle through the menu and select the ferry option. When you set the vehicle in motion, the tachograph will automatically revert to Drive. Once boarded, select Rest. The same simple procedure is to be followed when disembarking. Remember, of course, to select the country you are then in.

A driver can interrupt his rest twice: once to get on, and once to get off. The interruptions should last no longer than one hour. If you interrupt your rest for more than an hour, you will have to take your full daily rest as soon as you disembark. All of your previous duties will be counted as part of one single shift. If your interruptions total less than an hour, however, you may complete your shift accordingly and then take a rest of 11 hours.

If you have used ferry mode, you cannot take a reduced rest

If you use ferry mode accidentally, remember to take a printout for that day, and write on the reverse that the mode was selected unintentionally. Sign and date it, and hand it to your Transport Manager.

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