Holiday makers and booze cruise drivers will need to dip their hand in their pockets. People renting vehicles with 9 seats or more will, next spring (2007), have to get a £38 driver card to log the drivers time on the road. The card, which looks similar to the UK photographic driving licence needs to be purchased in advance from the DVLA (visit site here). Using this new card will involve slotting it into a new style of tachograph and will restrict journeys to 4 and a half hours continuous driving followed by a 45 min break.
My comment is that the obvious way to get round this is to get two people to buy cards and then swap over their cards every 4.5 hours? No?