A big shift is coming for the UK trucking industry.
Transport Secretary, Andrew Jones, has said that the Government will introduce legislation next month which will allow truck drivers to drive more often than they have in years.
This could mean that, by the end of the year, up to 25% of UK truck drivers will be required to drive fewer than 40 hours a week.
Jones said the new law would allow “a much larger number of people to have access to more leisure time and a wider range of opportunities in the workplace”.
The new law will allow up to 250 people per household to be able to work from home, but only if they meet a set of specific requirements.
Currently, the rules are that a person must be aged 18 or over, and must have a minimum of 12 years of experience.
Jones also announced that the government will provide incentives to truck drivers who have completed a three-year training course.
The move to introduce more flexible hours is expected to be welcomed by the trucking sector, which has suffered a drop in business since Brexit.
The industry is now looking to expand its workforce in a bid to offset the drop in traffic.
But many truck drivers are not so sure about the change.
James Hill, a spokesperson for the British Transport Workers Union (BTFU), said the Government had not done enough to help the industry.
“The government’s failure to invest in the future of our industry is driving away more and more people, who could have worked in the truck industry but are now forced to work in the retail sector, or who have given up their jobs due to the Brexit,” he said.
Jones said the changes were part of a larger effort to create more jobs in the country.
He said the truck driving industry was also set to grow in coming years. “
In doing so, we will be supporting millions of people who could otherwise be without a job,” he added.
He said the truck driving industry was also set to grow in coming years.
“These changes will have a huge positive impact on our economy and on our truck drivers’ pay and conditions.
The Government is committed to ensuring that every truck driver in the UK is able to continue to get the training and work opportunities they need to grow their careers,” Jones said.