Rebecca Needham, Road Safety Officer at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (rospa) said: "rospa is disappointed that the decision has been taken by the Department for Transport, to extend the temporary relaxation of the enforcement of the retained EU drivers’ hours rules in England, Scotland and Wales until October 3, 2021.
“rospa is concerned that this temporary relaxation of drivers’ hours could lead to an increase in driver fatigue related accidents. It is well-established that sleep related road crashes are a common cause of road casualties - preventing drivers from driving when they are too tired is a key part of road safety policy.
“This extension seems to be for economic reasons to cover the lack of HGV drivers and is not in the interest of safety for the driver and other road users. We also believe that this proposal has the potential to be counter-productive in terms of recruitment, making the occupation less appealing and is likely to prove unpopular with drivers and their union representatives. For rospa, temporary extensions are not solving the overarching issue, which is driver recruitment."
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