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If you've just fought your way into work through snow and ice, you'll need no reminding that much of the UK has just been in the grip of some very wintery weather right now. All of which means that gritting teams are working flat out to keep traffic flowing. And, as in previous winters, Driver Hire drivers are supplementing permanent staff as they continue their round-the-clock battle against the elements.
Suffolk County Council are using three Driver Hire drivers as part of their 90-strong front-line gritting team. “Roads are prioritised with the aim, first and foremost, of keeping the busiest 'A' roads open. Gritting lorries aren't on tachograph, but we have to meet Drivers' Hours Rules,” says Ian Booth, Suffolk County Council's Trading Services Manager. “Our guys are working 11.5 hours shifts. Driver Hire's temps are an essential part of the team as they enable them to have the appropriate time off between shifts.”
Driver Hire's Bury St Edmunds & Ipswich office
supplied the County Council with the drivers. “Ian needed a small team of drivers who can be rostered immediately, whenever weather conditions take a turn for the worse”, says George Griffiths, Franchisee at Bury st Edmunds & Ipswich. “We found three suitably experienced guys who could do that. We're delighted to be playing our part in keeping Suffolk's roads open during this bout of exceptionally wintery weather.”