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Road Deaths

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 22nd October 2009.

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Photo of Paul Clark Paul Clark Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport 10:30 am, 22nd October 2009

We undertook to look at the impact, which was in the impact assessment that was set out and published, and we found that the actual cost would be between £186 and £388 per vehicle. That would mean a cost to the industry annually of some £16 million to £17 million. We had to assess whether, in the current economic situation, it would be right to impose that cost on the industry, and we decided at this stage not to gold-plate the requirements, which will need to come into force by July 2011. Of course, that does not stop companies fitting the markings themselves. In addition, we will continue to work with HGV drivers through SAFED-the Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving programme -and the Safer Driving and the Driving for Work programmes, for example, on this and other health and safety issues.

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