Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Working Hours

Department for Transport written question – answered on 16th October 2014.

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Photo of Anne McGuire Anne McGuire Labour, Stirling

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on fatigue in long distance coach and lorry drivers.

Photo of Claire Perry Claire Perry Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Transport Ministers have not had any recent discussions with EU counterparts about fatigue in long distance coach and lorry drivers.

The passenger and freight industries are highly regulated at European level. For example, the EU drivers’ hours rules and the sector specific working time rules limit the time drivers spend at the wheel and on other duties, thus helping reduce fatigue-related accidents. We will continue to work with the European Commission and other Member States to try to reduce the incidence of fatigue related road accidents.

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