A temporary extension of lorry drivers’ working hours has been met with backlash from the industry who say the government is applying a “sticking plaster” to driver shortage problems.
HGV drivers can increase their daily driving limits from nine to 10 hours or change weekly rest patterns on Monday.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the move would give flexibility to drivers to make slightly longer trips.
But the Road Haulage Association said the move wouldn’t make any difference.
The RHA believes there is currently a shortfall of about 60,000 lorry drivers and said the relaxation on driving hour limits was a “sticking plaster”.
It estimates that some 30,000 HGV driving tests did not take place last year because of the Covid pandemic.
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