Britain’s Road Haulage (RHA) and Freight Transport Association (FTA) have received a confirmation letter from the Department for Transport (DfT) confirming the work of the logistics sector is essential and should continue to the greatest extent possible during the coronavirus crisis. 

“The last few days have seen much uncertainty as regards the definition of ‘essential workers’ and this confirmation from DfT’s co-director for Road Safety, Standards and Services, Ben Rimmington, formalises the work of those keeping the economy moving,” said RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett.

“This applies to all supply chains – not only those for food and medical supplies. 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.

“We have worked closely with our colleagues at the FTA to achieve this,” added Burnett.