Self-em­ployed lorry driv­ers hit by vote

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - ETBUSINESSDAILY - By JOHN KRALEVICH john.kralevich@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

EURO politi­cians have dealt a “body­blow” to any­one think­ing of set­ting up as a self-em­ployed lorry driver, by vot­ing for their in­clu­sion in the Euro­pean Work­ing Time Di­rec­tive.

The Fed­er­a­tion of Small Busi­nesses (FSB) is out­raged at the de­ci­sion made in the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment.

Chair­man of the Peter­bor­ough branch of the FSB Chris Spies said: “Ad­vo­cates of the in­clu­sion had cited road safety as the main rea­son.

“How­ever, there are al­ready two strong mea­sures to guar­an­tee road safety: the ta­cho­graph and the vi­tal need for the self-em­ployed to keep their op­er­at­ing li­cence,” as ET Busi­ness Daily re­ported on June 16.

Mr Spies added: “Ta­cho­graph technology al­ready pro­vides a huge core of re­as­sur­ance on road safety from self-em­ployed lorry driv­ers.

“No self-em­ployed lorry driver wants to risk los­ing their op­er­at­ing li­cence and, again this will be a ma­jor in­cen­tive to them to guar­an­tee they drive safely and within lim­its.

“The vote is a body-blow to any­one think­ing of set­ting up as a self-em­ployed lorry driver.

“Skilled lorry driv­ers will now sim­ply join the pay­roll of ex­ist­ing road haulage com­pa­nies.

“This vote is the last thing wanted by a road haulage in­dus­try that is al­ready on its knees due to over -reg­u­la­tion and the re­ces­sion.

“The vote will put a stop to one-per­son busi­nesses.

“This will see a loss in com­pany for­ma­tions, a re­gret­table devel­op­ment be­cause it is well recog­nised that the ma­jor­ity of to­day’s road haulage com­pa­nies started as sole traders.”

‘Body-BLow’ To joBS: Chris Spies who says the Euro de­ci­sion will mean that skilled lorry driv­ers will now join ex­ist­ing road haulage com­pa­nies.

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