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Government launches review of driving hours rules

A wide ranging consultation on the hours that van, bus and other professional drivers can work was launched today by Transport Minister Paul Clark.

Drivers’ hours rules set daily driving and duty limits, and in some instances break and rest requirements.

The consultation published today covers the UK domestic drivers' hours rules. As well as van and many bus drivers, these apply to refuse collection and breakdown vehicles and a range of other professional drivers.

Clark said: "The domestic drivers' hours rules affect thousands of workers across the UK so it is vital that they are effective in keeping drivers, passengers and other road users safe.

"This is a wide ranging consultation and we want to hear from as many drivers, operators and fleet managers as possible so that we can understand how the rules are working on the ground."

The consultation is part of a review of the domestic rules and although it proposes no legislative changes the responses will be used to inform future policy decisions.

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