Due to the impact of Covid-19 on heavy goods vehicle operations, the Road Safety Authority and Department of Transport have agreed to allow a temporary relaxation in driving and resting times for HGV drivers.

The derogation comes due to a driver shortage caused the spread of the Omicron variant, which now accounts for around 96% of all cases in Ireland.

The derogation will see rules around the fortnightly driving limit be relaxed as well as a relaxing in the rules relating to weekly rest periods.

Minister of State for Transport, Galway West TD Hildegarde Naughton said the derogation will apply retrospectively from 9th January up to 30th January and will be reviewed every week.

She said Covid is having an impact on HGV operations and that the decision was made to ensure key supply chains for food and essential goods are kept open.


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