The Working Time Directive — Good or Bad News for Road Transport Workers?

January 2002
Logistics & Transport Focus;Jan/Feb2002, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p14
Trade Publication
According to the Barker Gotelee Solicitors, proposals under the Working Time Regulations being considered by the European Parliament could have an impact on road transport workers and operators. The commercial transport industry will be experiencing the reduction of the maximum average working week, a limit on hours worked by night workers and the exclusion of self-employed drivers for three years. The biggest impact will be by the temporary exclusion of self-employed drivers from the effects of the regulations. This means that for three years, they will have a distinct advantage over employed drivers. Also in sectors where there are large numbers of self-employed drivers, the transport costs could be kept artificially low. This would prevent larger operators from passing on the increased costs to their customers.


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