The Agricultural Industries Confederation has welcomed the rapid response from Defra on the a temporary and limited emergency relaxation in driver hour regulations to allow feed materials to continue being delivered to feed mills and finished livestock rations to be delivered to farms during the current wintery weather.
The move has been achieved with considerable support from NFU Scotland where the difficulties of farm deliveries has been particularly severe.
Defra has worked over the weekend to get this relaxation in place and is to be applauded for its work, said George Perrott, Head of AICs Feed Sector. Much of the feed is delivered in bulk using specialist vehicles with specially trained drivers, who have the knowledge to safely operate such lorries at mills and on-farm.
Without this relaxation, there would not be sufficient drivers to meet the increased demand for feed and cope with the inevitable delays on snowy or icy road networks.
The temporary relaxation lasts until 30 March and will be regularly reviewed.