13.7.2021 | Haulage

Relaxing drivers’ hours won’t make any material difference

RHA reaction: “We see this as like sticking a plaster on a bullet wound.” 

The Department for Transport’s introduction of a temporary relaxation of the enforcement of the retained EU drivers’ hours rules in England, Scotland and Wales due to the pressures on local and national supply chains came into force on 12th July and failed to address the underlying issues according to the RHA.

With the new rules in operation until 23.59 on 8th August, Tom Cornwell, East of England area manager for the RHA, says of the announcement:

“We see this as like sticking a plaster on a bullet wound. Our view is that we believe they can be counter-productive by making the job less attractive; loading more hours onto drivers that are already exhausted is not the answer. We have also made clear that road safety is the reason that HGV drivers’ hours are limited.”

The government’s guidance on the new ruling can be viewed here, and questions about the relaxation of drivers’ hours can be emailed to the Department of Transport at RSSSFOLRCOVID19@dft.gov.uk