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COVID-19 Queries

Below you will find answers to a number of COVID-19 related questions recently posed to the BFFF.

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In the event of a UK lockdown, what will the situation be with the transportation of goods?

In the event of a UK lockdown, what will the situation be with the transportation of goods? How can we make sure that disruptions to our business are kept to a minimum?

Government has introduced a temporary relaxation of the enforcement of the drivers’ hours rules starting from 00:01 on 18 March 2020 and ending 11:59pm on 16 April 2020.


This relaxation applies solely to drivers involved in the supply of food and other essential products to supermarkets. This includes the movement of such goods from importers, manufacturers and suppliers to distribution centres. It does not apply to drivers undertaking deliveries directly to consumers.


More information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/temporary-relaxation-of-the-enforcement-of-eu-drivers-hours-rules


This relaxation of drivers’ hours is an exceptional contingency measure. It must be used only where necessary, otherwise the normal drivers’ hours should be followed. Government encourages operators facing high work demands or work absences to take urgent measures to secure drivers who have limited or no current work. The department for Transport will be working to encourage and facilitate the movement of drivers into priority areas.


The drivers’ hours and working time rules are in place to protect road safety and the working conditions of drivers and to reduce the risk of drivers being involved in fatigue-related accidents. As such, any relaxation of these rules should only be considered where genuinely necessary and when other supply chain management interventions are unable to alleviate issues.


Driver safety must not be compromised. Drivers should not be expected to drive whilst tired - employers remain responsible for the health and safety of their employees and other road users.