Driving: Working Hours

Department for Transport written question – answered on 31st October 2018.

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Photo of Baroness Randerson Baroness Randerson Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Transport)

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to maintain the standards governing the working hours of professional drivers set out in the Road Transport (Working Time) Regulations 2005 after Brexit.

Photo of Baroness Sugg Baroness Sugg Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The drivers’ hours and working time rules for mobile workers are currently harmonised at EU level and implemented in the UK through domestic legislation. The EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018 retains directly-applicable EU laws, including relating to these rules. The Government is preparing secondary legislation under this Act to ensure that the statute book continues to function after 29 March 2019, for example by correcting procedural deficiencies in retained EU law. There are no plans to amend the substance of these rules, which the Government recognises are an important road safety measure.

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