Working hours rules to be relaxed to ease UK lorry driver shortage

Business / Thu 8th Jul 2021 at 07:38am

THE government is to relax rules this month for how long lorry drivers can work, as a temporary fix for a severe shortage of qualified heavy goods vehicle (HGV) operators reports The Guardian.

“We’re aware of a shortage of HGV drivers, so I’m announcing a temp extension of drivers’ hours rules from Mon. 12 July, giving flexibility to drivers & operators to make slightly longer journeys,” the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, wrote in a Twitter post. “We’ve ramped up the number of driving tests available & will consider other measures.”

A lorry driver waits to join a motorway

Premier Foods, one of Britain’s biggest food companies, last week called on the government to consider using the army to distribute goods.

The Covid-19 pandemic, which prompted many foreign workers to return home during lockdown, and new immigration controls after Brexit have led to staff shortages in logistics and other sectors such as construction and hospitality.

Industry leaders have said there could be gaps on supermarket shelves this summer and a collapse of supply chains.

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4 Comments for Working hours rules to be relaxed to ease UK lorry driver shortage:

Sean Donovan
2021-07-08 08:12:00

Driving tests or longer hours isn’t the answer, we need the appropriate wages for doing this job it’s a highly legislative industry, which will not attract any younger people to this industry due to the long and unsociable hours attached to the job, living away all week no shower facilities or eating places we are treated like scum of the earth companies need to start paying us the money we deserve.

2021-07-08 08:26:11

I've think all you're going to do is make the drivers more tired than there be more accidents where they're going to sleep behind the steering wheel I believe lorry drivers already drive too many hours show like don't think that's the answer making them work harder and harder

2021-07-08 10:07:42

As an ex hgv driver Sean has hit the nail on the head, I Used to do agency work and had to pay for my medical and cpc courses but the thing that made me let my licence lapse was when they said i have to work self employed on a dodgy umbrella scheme so no holiday pay etc. You are treated like scum by transport office staff and just about everybody else and for the money i was paid it was not worth the aggro, May i add that i used to work for a large orange supermarket chain based in Hoddesdon and Waltham Abbey

2021-07-09 16:58:37

The tachograph was introduced to ensure that driving hours are limited to 9hrs a day or 10hrs a day twice a week. These are already long hours at the wheel. To extend the hours a driver can work will increase accidents when drivers are just too tired and should be allowed to rest.

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