HSE issues new guidance for drivers on hours of work & access to welfare facilities.

The HSE has issued its latest eBulletin with updated guidance for drivers on temporary arrangements for hours of work and access to welfare facilities.

The eBulletin states:

We are hearing reports that some drivers are not being allowed to use welfare facilities when they deliver. Preventing access is against the law, equally, it’s not the sensible thing to do.

Drivers must have access to welfare facilities in the premises they visit as part of their work. Those who already provide reasonable access to toilets and handwashing facilities should continue to do so.

With the latest advice for hands to be washed regularly, failure to allow access to welfare facilities may increase the risk of the COVID-19 infection spreading.

Read HSE's guidance here.

Temporary and limited relaxation of drivers’ hours rules

The Department for Transport (DfT) have today announced that there will be a temporary and limited relaxation of the enforcement of drivers' hours rules in England, Scotland, and Wales for the drivers of vehicles involved in the delivery of:

  • food

  • non-food (personal care and household paper and cleaning)

  • over the counter pharmaceuticals

We are clear that driver safety must not be compromised, and they should not be expected to drive whilst tired. Employers remain responsible for the health and safety of their employees, other road users, and anyone involved in loading and unloading vehicles.

These arrangements may change during this time so you need to keep up-to-date on developments.

You can find more detailed information at:

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