Government extends working hours for lorry drivers to ease shortage

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The government is temporarily extending the limit on lorry drivers’ working hours in order to ease the ongoing shortage, with the measures receiving backlash from the haulage sector.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps and Baroness Vere from the Department for Transport (DfT) announced the temporary extension of the hours HGV drivers are legally allowed to work from Monday July 12 to ease the ongoing driver shortage. 

Baroness Vere wrote: “We’re temporarily extending drivers’ hours rules from Monday July 12 to allow HGV drivers to make slightly longer journeys where necessary as we’re aware of a current shortage of drivers.”

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