Travelling Time Counts as Working Time
In a recommendation by the
Advocate General it was determined that travel time counts as
In the case of the
Federación de Servicios Privados del Sindicato Comisiones
Obreras, the Advocate General considered the meaning of
working time under the European Working Time Directive. It
was the opinion of the Advocate General that travelling workers who
had no fixed or habitual workplace should be able to count the time
spent travelling from home to the first customer and from the last
customer back to their homes as working time. The Advocate
General took the view that such workers were "peripatetic workers"
and that for them travelling was an integral part of the work and
the necessary means of providing services to the customers, meaning
that it should be regarded as forming part of the workers'
Whilst the opinion of the
Attorney General is not binding it is often followed by the
European Court of Justice who will give their Judgment later in the
Posted on: 24/06/2015
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