Lorries: Working Hours

Transport written question – answered on 26th February 2009.

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Photo of Jessica Morden Jessica Morden Labour, Newport East

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department takes to monitor the compliance of haulage firms with the EU Working Time Directive; and what guidance his Department issues on the definition of a driver's (a) working time and (b) period of availability for the purposes of the Directive.

Photo of Jim Fitzpatrick Jim Fitzpatrick Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) monitors compliance with European Directive 2002/15/EC on the working time of mobile workers, by examining working time records when undertaking visits to operator bases, and by responding to any complaints made by employees about working time.

The Department has published guidance on the implementing GB regulations. This guidance defines working time as the time from the beginning of work, during which the mobile worker is at the workstation at the disposal of the employer and exercising his or her functions or activities.

The guidance defines a period of availability (PoA) as waiting time, the duration of which is known about in advance by the mobile worker.

A full description of what functions/activities are included in the definition of working time, along with examples of what does and does not constitute a PoA, can be found at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/freight/road/workingtime/rdtransportworkingtimeguidance

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