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The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988

91. Restriction  of hours of work of drivers.

  1. No person shall cause or  allow any  person who  is employed by him for the purpose of driving a  transport vehicle or who is subject to his control for such purpose to work--
  1. for  more than  five hours before he has had an interval of rest of at least half an hour; or
  2. for more than eight hours in one day; or
  3. for more than forty-eight hours in any week.
  1. A  State Government  may, by  notification  in  the  Official Gazette, grant  such exemptions from the provisions of sub-section (1) as it thinks fit, to meet cases of emergency or of delays by reason of circumstances which could not be foreseen.
  2. A  State Government  or, if  authorised in this behalf by the State Government  by rules  made under  section 96 the  State  or  aRegional Transport  Authority may require persons employing any person whose work  is subject  to any of the provisions of sub-section (1) to fix beforehand  the hours  of work of such persons so as to conform to those provisions,  and may  provide for  the recording of the hours so fixed.
  3. No person shall work or shall cause or allow any other person to work  outside the  hours fixed  or recorded  for the  work of  such persons under sub-section (3).
  4. A  State Government  may prescribe  the  circumstances  under which and the period during which the driver of a vehicle although not engaged in  work is  required to  remain on or near the vehicle may be deemed to  be an  interval for  rest within the meaning of sub-section (1).

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