Boost for RHA's PO fight
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A FAINT possibility that the Government may be prepared to support the Road Haulage Association's campaign for Post Office parcels lorries to be governed by "civilian" drivers' hours rules is contained in a letter from an Industry Minister.
Following the RHA's longrunning campaign for the Post Office parcels fleet to be bound by EEC drivers' hours and tachograph regulations, rather than be classed as postal delivery vehicles, industry and Information Technology Minister Geoffrey Pattie has written to the RHA.
He said that "in principle" the Post Office "so far as possible" should comply with the hours and tachograph regulations for parcels work.
Whether that means the present exemption will disappear is not clear.
The Post Office has resisted changing to EEC hours rules, partly because it saw little point in changing to the rigid structure which applies now, when more flexible rules were being discussed by EEC min isterS.