Self-employed lorry drivers hit by vote
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.