Bus driver members of Transport and General Workers Union push for one-hour cut in driving time

Bus drivers across the UK are calling for a major cut in their driving hours.

Delegates at a conference organised by the Transport and General Workers Union (T&G) supported a demand for the maximum driving time to be four and a half hours in one continuous period.

Bus drivers’ hours are currently regulated by UK domestic law and allow for a maximum driving time of five and a half hours in one continuous period and a 10-hour working day.

“Cutting the number of hours came back from the conference as the major issue bus drivers united behind,” said Graham Stevenson, T&G national organiser for transport.

“We will be taking this forward in negotiations with the bus operators and looking at the political dimension of lobbying government ministers.”

Delegates at the conference represented bus workers from major operators including FirstGroup, Arriva, Stagecoach, Go-ahead and National Express, as well as a number of smaller bus companies.

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