Either that or those who tell me what I should have said or, even less endearingly, what I really meant to say.

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]]>The basic rule is that you’re not allowed to drive for more than 4 1/2 hours without a total of 45 minutes break. That could be split into 15 minutes and 30 minutes with the larger break having to be the second one. Your normal maximum hours per day was nine, which you could extend to 10 so long as you take another 45 minutes break. You could only do this so many days of the week. You also had to have a minimum number of hours break overnight before you started another shift. There were also limits on the number of hours you could drive in a week and in a month. On top of all this there was the European Working Time

Directive which meant that you couldn’t work for more than six hours without a 15 minute break. If you were doing a lot of waiting around or loading and unloading the driving limits and the working time limits could conflict. Add to this the fact that you are not in control of where you can stop, or how long it will take you to get to the next available parking place, and it gets stressful!

What are the restrictions, out of interest, on how many hours you can spend driving at one time?

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]]>Indeed. And more people learning that lesson may lead to interesting outcomes!

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]]>And worse than that, you may have noticed the single appearance of Pritti Patel at the lectern: she used the deathwords of all politicians: ‘I am sorry if…’ never ‘I am sorry that…’ – you get another go if you say the latter.

Try…I am doing my best to…but getting in my own way as usual’.

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