It seems that the haulage and logistics industry is finally getting the recognition it deserves during this pandemic. The UK government has commended the sector’s “outstanding dedication and professionalism” and suggested the nation owes workers a “huge debt of gratitude”.
In a statement sent to Commercial Motor, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Roads and Transport Security, Baroness Vere of Norbiton thanked the industry for the “incredible effort” to ensure Britain is “fuelled and fed”.
“You have strengthened the resilience of the country too, and helped us limit the spread of the virus, which in turn is saving lives,” the statement read.
Baroness Vere noted that the crisis “represents an unprecedented challenge for hauliers and logistics firms”, but hoped the regulatory changes that have been made in order to help support the industry were proving effective.
She made particular mention of those drivers who are “living in their vehicles for days on end”, whilst acknowledging concerns over business viability and jobs.
Commenting on the temporary changes in regulation, she said: “We’ve flexed regulations to help businesses manage through this exceptional period, in areas like CPC renewals, HGV and MoT testing, and extending drivers’ hours.”
Baroness Vere added that motorway service stations have also been asked to extend opening hours and ensure they keep offering basic services for drivers.
She assured stakeholders that the government remains in “constant dialogue” with the industry to ensure it stays informed of any changes in the nature of the response.
Has the government done enough to support the industry throughout the pandemic? That’s a debate for the comments section.
It’s not just the government that wants to show the haulage and logistics industry that it’s appreciated. The lack of recognition is something we’re trying to address with our #LoveLogistics campaign. We want to show the respect and support these essential workers deserve, not only during these difficult times, but always.