Letter: Off the road

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The Independent Online
Sir: Your report "Law allows lorry drivers to work while exhausted" (17 July) is misleading.

The legislation the Department of Transport was referring to appears to be the Transport Act of 1968, and applies only to drivers of vans under 3.5 tonnes, service buses and so on. The vast majority of lorry drivers are controlled by EU hours legislation, with working hours recorded by tachograph.

In each period of 24 hours, a driver must have a rest period of at least 11 consecutive hours. After driving for four and a half hours, a driver must take a break of at least 45 minutes, unless he is beginning a daily rest period.

RICHARD SIMPSON

Editor, Trucking International

Gloucester

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