Written Answer by Minister for Manpower Dr Tan See Leng to PQ on Rest Period for Dual Role Drivers
NOTICE PAPER NO. 1489 OF 2022 FOR THE SITTING ON OR AFTER 8 NOV 2022
QUESTION NO. 3683 FOR ORAL ANSWER
MP: Mr Louis Ng Kok Kwang
To ask the Minister for Manpower (a) how will the Ministry enforce the requirement that employers are required to provide a rest period of at least 30 minutes to workers designated to drive their colleagues when such workers have been working onsite for at least six hours; (b) what are the penalties for employers who fail to provide such rest; and (c) what constitutes a rest period.
1. Details of the mandated rest period for dual role drivers, together with other inter-agency measures to enhance the safe transport of workers in lorry decks, were recently announced by the Ministry of Transport's Senior Minister of State Amy Khor on 19 October. This included the Ministry of Manpower’s (MOM) plans to enhance its regulations by 1 January 2023.
2. MOM will check for compliance on the provision of the rest period as part of our workplace safety and health inspections and accident investigations, such as through interviewing workers and drivers at the worksites. MOM will also work with the Land Transport Authority and Traffic Police to conduct checks on lorries with workers in rear decks on the road.
3. Employers who fail to comply will be subjected to a financial penalty not exceeding $20,000 under the Workplace Safety and Health Act for failure to provide a rest period for dual role drivers. Dual role drivers can approach MOM or the Migrant Workers Centre via their hotline numbers, if they are not being provided with the mandated rest period. MOM will investigate the matter while keeping their identities and information strictly confidential.
4. The 30-minute rest period refers to a protected period during which the dual role driver must not be performing any work-related tasks. The rest period is meant for him or her to rest both physically and mentally.