In the wake of the relaxation of working hours regulations for HGV drivers because ‘it’s snowing a bit’, there are calls to relax prohibitive rules on the use of hand-held mobile phones while driving.
‘These rules aren’t meant for the Knights of the Road,’ said a British Hauliers Association spokeman. ‘Our members are quite capable of piloting a 42-tonne articulated lorry around ice-strewn roundabouts inches from the back of a family of four in a Nissan Micra while having a blazing row with their girlfriend on the phone on the way to dumping the mutilated body of a hitch-hiker in a lay-by. They do it for a living.’
The call was supported by other pressure groups. A spokeswoman for Mumsnet added: ‘These rules are too restrictive for multi-tasking mothers driving large vehicles at a speed to suit our own mood. It’s throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Oh, that reminds me…’