Bus Drivers’ Working Hours — [Sir Graham Brady in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 3:28 pm on 6th June 2019.

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Photo of Matt Western Matt Western Labour, Warwick and Leamington 3:28 pm, 6th June 2019

On that point, it is my understanding that this is a derogation and every country can derogate from the EU directive on local bus driving hours. However, in the two examples I gave, Germany and the Netherlands, they abide by the 56 hours and the 90 hours for a fortnightly period. My simple premise is, why can we not have consistency between the hours worked by a long-distance bus driver or HGV driver and those worked by a local bus driver? As I said, is it not bizarre that it is probably safer for a box of cornflakes to arrive at its destination than for a seven-year-old child?