Regulations prohibiting overtime will come into effect from April 2024

Regulations prohibiting overtime that will revolutionize the transportation industry will come into effect from April 2024

In April 2024, a revolutionary change will occur in Japan's transportation industry. The Department of Transport will implement a new law banning overtime for employees in the transportation industry. This is an important step towards reducing the risk of health problems and accidents due to long working hours. In this article, we take a closer look at what this new regulation is and how it will affect the transportation industry.

Main contents of regulations prohibiting overtime work

The new regulations place clear limits on working hours in the transportation industry. Specifically, weekly working hours will be limited to a maximum of 40 hours, overtime will be limited to 20 hours per month, and companies that violate the law will be subject to severe penalties such as fines and orders to cease operations. In addition, regular health checkups are required to ensure the health management and safety of employees.

Impact on the transportation industry

With this regulation, the transportation industry will face major changes. First, shorter working hours are expected to significantly improve employee health and safety. On the other hand, there is a need to improve operational efficiency and countermeasures against labor shortages, and companies need to review their operational methods. Technological advances, particularly the introduction of autonomous driving technology, will be key to supporting this change.


Regulations prohibiting overtime in the transportation industry, which will come into effect from April 2024, are an important step to protect the health and safety of employees and improve the sustainability of the industry as a whole. In order to respond to this change, companies are required to focus on improving operational efficiency and introducing technology. Ultimately, we hope that this regulation will lead to better ways of working and better service delivery for the transport industry.

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