Logistics UK ‘frustrated’ with DfT over lorry driver welfare

Logistics UK has expressed its frustration with the Department for Transport (DfT) and Kent County Council (KCC) in regards to its decision to ban lorry drivers from taking all rest periods other than a 45 minute break in seven Kent boroughs. 

In a statement Heidi Skinner, policy manager for the South at Logistics UK said that both parties have “failed to consider the welfare of lorry drivers in this decision”. 

She added that access to rest places was of “paramount importance to the workers responsible for keeping goods moving across the UK and further afield”. 

She said: “Giving only 12 working days’ notice – the ban is enforceable by £150 fine from 1 January 2021 – is also unacceptable. 

“The ban is applicable to all lorry drivers – those traveling nationally and internationally – and almost all lorry parks in the surrounding area are at critical levels of utilisation.”

She added: “DfT and KCC have not provided any solution to the lack of space; we are urging them to withdraw the upcoming ban immediately.” 

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