Thousands of UK delivery drivers have won the right to ‘spend a penny’ after a long-running campaign for the right of delivery drivers to use a company’s toilets while conducting deliveries.
From 1 November, owners of all non-domestic premises are obliged to allow people who are not their employees but visit their premises during the course of their work, to use toilets and washing facilities.
The change in the regulations is a result of the union, Unite’s campaign to end the problem of drivers having to go to the toilet behind the bushes, or to ‘cross their legs’ during the working day, as a result of being denied access to toilet facilities.
The union had pointed out that the issue meant there were serious health implications for delivery drivers who were being continually expected to ‘hold on’ to use a toilet, including the potential to develop urinary tract infections, damage to the bladder and the bowel, as well as a build-up of toxins in the body.
The new requirement, which provides access to toilets and washing facilities also means that drivers can ensure that their hands are clean and hygienic, which is particularly important if they are making food deliveries.
Unite national officer Adrian Jones, said: “Finally drivers have won the right to access toilet facilities when making deliveries. This change in the application of the regulations is highly significant as it restores the dignity of drivers by giving them the right to use an employer’s toilet and hand washing facilities.”
Lara Murray, an Associate Solicitor who specialises in employment law matters, said: “This is a victory for common sense and will mean that delivery drivers who spend many hours away from their depots, will no longer be inconvenienced by having to drive miles to find a public convenience.”
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