UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Government must consider relaxing drivers’ hours to clear fuel delivery backlog says Carmichael

Press Release   •   Jan 20, 2010 10:54 GMT

Liberal Democrat Shadow Scotland Secretary, Alistair Carmichael is seeking an urgent meeting with Transport Secretary Lord Adonis to ask whether he plans to allow further exceptions to drivers’ maximum hours to enable the backlog of household fuel deliveries to be cleared.

Deliveries of household gas – particularly vital for those in remote or rural areas – are still facing considerable backlogs as a result of the extremely cold weather. However, the DfT has indicated that it is unlikely to grant a further derogation from EU regulations on drivers’ hours to the gas delivery industry.

Commenting, Alistair Carmichael said:

“While the cold snap may be over for ministers in London, the consequences are still hitting people across Scotland.

“Fuel shortages at home are a serious concern, especially for those in more remote areas who rely on deliveries to heat their homes.

“Labour must consider allowing further relaxation of rules on working hours for those drivers providing this vital service in these vulnerable areas.

“I am asking for an urgent meeting with Lord Adonis to discuss whether further exceptions can be made to ensure Scots are not left out in the cold.”ons can be made to ensure Scots are not left out in the cold.”