Rules Will Hit Lorry Drivers' Income

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Local businesses in the road transport industry face problems in implementing new rules to curb the number of hours that commercial drivers work, according to international law firm Eversheds.

The new regulations, which finally come into force last month following a delay, have been described by the industry as the most significant piece of legislation for the road transport industry in the last 40 years.

Specifically tailored to mobile workers undertaking road transport activities, the new rules remove the right to opt-out of the weekly working limit, as well as introducing a new way to calculate weekly working time.

A substantial number of organisations currently have significant proportions of their workforce choosing to do more than the new maximum average week of 48 hours. These new regulations will result in significant drops in overtime earnings for many employees, meaning employers will have to prepare to deal with any issues arising from a less than happy workforce. …