Monday, March 30, 2020

Road Haulage and Freight Lobby Get Official Recognition for Logistics Workers from UK Government

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UK – Official confirmation of the importance of logistics in this stressful time was given today in a letter from the Department for Transport clarifying that the essential roles played by road haulage drivers and others in the freight supply chain will not be interfered by officialdom who may otherwise misinterpret government guidelines about travel and work.

The letter, outlining that all travel related to the operation of logistics or necessary travel by logistics workers to places of work such as distribution centres is considered ‘essential travel’ in the context of current restrictions, was delivered to the Road Haulage Association (RHA) and the Freight Transport Association (FTA), both of whom have been closely involved in lobbying and advising the government on the specialities of their respective members. The letter can be read in full here and RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said:

“The last few days have seen much uncertainty as regards the definition of ‘essential workers’ and this confirmation from DfT’s Co-Director for Road Safety, Standards and Services, Ben Rimmington, formalises the work of those that are keeping the economy moving. This applies to all supplies chains, not only those for food and medical supplies. We would urge employers to provide drivers with a copy of the letter that can be shown if needed.”

”We have worked closely with our colleagues at the FTA to achieve this and I am delighted that the hard work has paid off. We need still need greater recognition from the Prime Minister as regards the great work this industry is doing by keeping the nation fed. The importance of integrated transport which businesses need to keep running, should also be acknowledged.”