Enforcement Policy

Explains how Civil Aviation (Working Time) Regulations should be interpreted.

Enforcement Policy

The Government requires that the Civil Aviation (Working Time) Regulations 2004 should be enforced with a ‘light touch’ based on a proportionate and reasonable interpretation of the regulations.  Furthermore it is accepted that implementation should also be framed with an eye to a partnership approach by the various interested parties within the industry.

The policy of the CAA is, in the first instance, to seek compliance by operators on a cooperative basis and the CAA will only take enforcement action when the necessary cooperation and action to achieve compliance is overdue or absent.

The CAA is a signatory to the UK Government’s Enforcement Concordat and bases its Principles of Good Regulation on those defined by the Government’s Better Regulation Executive.

The requirements of the Civil Aviation (Working Time) Regulations 2004 focus on the protection of the individual airline employee, as opposed to the flight safety focus of the CAA Safety Regulation Group (SRG). Therefore the enforcement of the Working Time Regulations has been assigned as a CAA corporate function to ensure that any potential for conflict is actively managed in a proportionate and pragmatic manner.