08 January 2011
EU road haulier regulations suspended
Brian Micklethwait

The surprise for me, in this story about how the Road Hauliers of Britain Saved Christmas, came right at the end:

Between December 24th and 27th, the Department for Transport made the decision to temporarily relax the hours of EU drivers and working-time rules for hauliers directly responsible for the delivery of food to UK distribution centres and shops, to ensure that supplies were received on time.

So, what about the rest of the year?  Does our local government have greater powers to “suspend” EU regulations than it usually lets on?  Was this not the worst time of year, from the road safety point of view, to be relaxing safety regulations?  Were there lots more accidents, and if not ...?

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