HC Deb 01 May 1968 vol 763 c199W
59. Mr. J. E. B. Hill

asked the Minister of Transport what is his estimate of the loss of earnings which the proposed restriction on drivers' hours in the Transport Bill will cause to long-distance drivers from Norfolk who will no longer be able to complete a round trip to the London area or elsewhere with a return load in one day.

Mr. Carmichael

The recent Report by the National Board for Prices and Incomes on the road haulage industry showed that there is considerable scope for increasing productivity in the industry. This should enable costs to be kept down and drivers earnings to be maintained. As announced last week, we intend to introduce the new statutory limits on drivers hours in two stages to help firms adjust their working practices to the new rules.