Some companies seem to circumvent the rules by breaking-up previously long, through journeys into several sections, and showing the sections as "guaranteed connections" in their timetables, when in fact its often the same bus and driver throughout.
An example of this you may be familair with is the 66 from Swindon to Oxford, which "breaks" at Faringdon.
Not sure on time, but the distance is 50mi.
Swindon-Trowbridge is 32.4 and time is roughly 1hr20mins. So maybe my example wouldn't work :?
Unless it's done on the round trip of continuous driving, in which case Trowbridge-Swindon would be 2hr40 and 64.8miles.
And what if there is a break before the return trip? Eg 1hr20 then a 20min break then 1hr20 back?
It would need a tacho. The limit is 50km, which is approx. 31 miles. Distance is calculated from point A to point B, rather than a round trip of A-B-A (i.e. a destination up to 50km from base).
Time is irrelevant with if they need a tacho or not, but is relevant for drivers hours.
In my experience the 49 never waits in Trowbridge because it's always late hock:
I had no idea it was that long.
I have an example which I worked out is 32.9miles which ran without a tacho. How does that work? Is it done by the most direct route or by all the places it travels via?
so would this include travelling up a 2 mile long section of road to reach a village then travelling back over the same section, then continuing its normal route?It is calculated by the exact route it takes, but doesn't include any duplcate stretches, like if you have to go around a one way system to get to a bus station, then around the one way system again to get to where you want to