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Working Time Directive: Heavy Goods Vehicle Drivers

House of Lords written question – answered on 27th October 2005.

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Photo of Lord Bradshaw Lord Bradshaw Spokesperson in the Lords, Transport

asked Her Majesty's Government:

In the case of a heavy goods vehicle driver breaching the permitted hours of duty under the Working Time Directive while in the United Kingdom, what follow-up action is taken by the licensing authority in the offending vehicle operator's country of origin; and whether they have evidence of follow-up action being taken in Poland and the Czech Republic.

Photo of Lord Davies of Oldham Lord Davies of Oldham Deputy Chief Whip (House of Lords), HM Household, Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Lords)

Regulations implementing Directive 2002/15/EC came into force earlier this year.

To date, enforcers have not encountered any breach of the regulations by foreign-based drivers.

If it were necessary to report a foreign-based driver for breach of these or any other regulations, follow-up action would be a matter for the licensing authority in the offending vehicle operator's country of origin.

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