UK’s Economy Rises and UK HGV Driver Shortage
The UK’s economy experienced a growth of 0.8% in May as the Covid-19 restrictions preventing pubs and restaurants serving customers indoors, was lifted. Whilst this level of growth was at a slower rate than the previous month, pubs and restaurants were seen to be the main contributors towards May’s growth with hotels also experiencing a recovery.
This is a great sign for the hospitality sector, who are starting to bounce back after a very difficult period. But also shows the value of the sector to the economy overall.
For full details can be found here: Coronavirus and the impact on output in the UK economy: May 2021
With the UK economy continuing to grow, the UK is experiencing a shortage of HGV drivers. In response, the Government has announced that it will temporarily be extending the legal limit for HGV driving hours by one hour per day, allowing drivers to drive up to ten hours per day, from the previous nine hours. The Government will also allow drivers to undertake two eleven hour shifts per week.
The relaxation comes into force on the 12 July 2021, with the initial intention, to last for four weeks until the 8 August 2021. Hauliers are warned to make use of this relaxation responsibly and not to compromise driver safety. Hauliers are required to notify the Department for Transport if this relaxation is to be used.
However, this relaxation has not been welcomed by all parties and the Road Haulage Association is opposed to the Government’s move.
Further details can be found here: 'Temporary relaxation of the enforcement of the retained EU drivers’ hours rules: all road haulage sectors in Great Britain'