Logistics sector gets government letter as proof of essential working

London, UK: The Department for Transport has sent a letter to the Road Haulage Association and Freight Transport Association confirming that the work of the logistics sector is “essential” during the coronavirus crisis.

“Haulage drivers, managers, warehouse staff and all other logistics professionals need to continue to go about their business to keep supply chains moving, and government policy is clear that this applies to all supply chains and not only those for food and medical supplies,” said Ben Rimmingon, the DfT’s co-director for road safety, standards and services.

RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said: “The last few days have seen much uncertainty as regards the definition of ‘essential workers’ and this confirmation formalises the work of those that are keeping the economy moving.

“We would urge employers to provide drivers with a copy of the letter that can be shown if needed.”

All travel related to the operation of logistics or necessary travel by logistics workers to places of work such as distribution centres is considered ‘essential travel’ in the context of current restrictions.

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