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12 Jul 21

Extended hours for exhausted hauliers wont fix deliver crisis

A temporary extension of working hours for exhausted hauliers will not fix the growing delivery crisis. 

The Road Haulage Association warns that extended hours for exhausted hauliers will not fix the delivery crisis. A temporary extension of working hours is to be allowed from next week but the Road Haulage Association warns it opposes the move on safety grounds and says it is merely a "sticking plaster" amid a national delivery crisis.

A measure to help alleviate the HGV driver shortage crisis by extending the hours they can legally work is facing a fierce backlash from the haulage sector.

Transport minister Baroness Vere announced the relaxation of the safety rule, via her Twitter account, following repeated warnings from the Road Haulage Association (RHA) this summer of a severe threat to the distribution of goods.

The sector body has even supported calls for the Army to be brought in to help battle the consequences of 100,000 driver vacancies - blamed on several factors including many not returning from abroad because of the COVID-19 crisis, Brexit, and pandemic disruption to the qualification process.

The minister wrote: "We're temporarily extending drivers' hours rules from Mon 12 July to allow HGV drivers to make slightly longer journeys where necessary, as we're aware of a current shortage of drivers.

"Driver safety must not be compromised & operators must notify DFT (Department for Transport) if this relaxation is used."

RHA chief executive Richard Burnett, who has held talks with various ministers in recent weeks to appeal for government aid, responded: "We oppose wholesale extensions to drivers' hours as we believe they can be counter-productive by making the job less attractive.

"Loading more hours on to drivers that are already exhausted is not the answer - the problem needs more than just a sticking plaster.”

 

With an estimated shortage of 100,000 drivers expected by September, WE NEED DRIVERS! 

Through our "100 HGV Drivers in 100 Days" campaign, we aim to increase the number of drivers needed to move essential and everyday goods throughout the UK.

 

The Logistics sector is one of the fastest growing sectors in the country. Our fully funded LGV programme gives you the skills and knowledge to become a professional driver and the chance to get a job paying £30,000 a year.

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