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RHA: Relaxation of Drivers' Hours regs for food deliveries

The Road Haulage Association welcomes the relaxation of drivers' hours for drivers taking food to distribution centres and stores, a measure which is has urged upon Defra and DfT in the light of evidence from members.

"The DfT's relaxation is an appropriate and proportionate response., that will assist hauliers affected by the severe weather to ensure supplies in a responsible manner," says director of policy Jack Semple.

The Department for Transport has agreed to a temporary, and limited, emergency relaxation (not suspension) of the enforcement of EU drivers' hours and working-time rules for hauliers involved directly in the distribution of food to and from distribution centres and to food stores in Great Britain.

The temporary and limited relaxation of enforcement begins at 00.00 on 24 December 2010 and runs until 23.59 on Monday 27 December 2010 and will apply only to those drivers involved in the distribution of food to and from distribution centres and to food stores in Great Britain.

This notification, along with other notifications and guidance, will shortly also be found online at www.dft.gov.uk.

These materials can also be accessed via Business Link at the following address: www.businesslink.gov.uk.

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For more details, contact RHA Head of Media Relations, Kate Gibbs on . . .

Tel: +44 (0) 1932 838917
Mob: + 44 (0) 7979 531451

www.rha.uk.net

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