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Extending lorry driving hours 'dangerous', says union

Lorries parked as part of Operation Stack along the M20 in Ashford, Kent. Credit: PA

Plans to extent lorry driving hours while delays continue at Calais will increase the likelihood of accidents, the Unite union has said.

The union said the move was not the right answer during Operation Stack, instead urging the Government to find a long-term solution with French authorities.

Relaxing these rules is a dangerous move. There are very good reasons for these regulations, which are about driver and public safety.

This is dreadful situation for all those at the centre of it, but reducing protections for people at work only makes matters worse.

Do not send drivers out on the road exhausted and stressed, but instead ease the bottleneck at the ports by delaying the departure of more trucks and using alternative crossings until the port routes are clear.

РAdrian Jones, Unite’s national officer for road transport