Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Conditions of Employment

Department for Transport written question – answered on 14th March 2022.

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Photo of Kirsten Oswald Kirsten Oswald SNP Deputy Leader, Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Women), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Equalities)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 14 February 2022 to Question 119637, what recent assessment he has made of the road safety implications of HGV driver conditions of employment.

Photo of Trudy Harrison Trudy Harrison Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Department has been looking at ways to improve road safety where it concerns anyone driving or riding for work, including drivers of HGVs. Officials have been working closely with the Health and Safety Executive on new guidance published in September 2021 titled ‘Driving and Riding Safely for Work’ which applies to any organisation employing those who drive or ride for work and to the drivers and riders themselves.

The guidance is designed to highlight the responsibilities of these organisations and the responsibilities of individual drivers and riders under both Road Safety and Health and Safety regulations and ensure their compliance with those regulations.

HGV drivers are required to undergo periodic medical examinations, including eyesight tests to ensure they are fit to drive. HGV drivers are also subject to the retained drivers hours and working time regulations to ensure that driver safety is not compromised. Employers remain responsible for the health and safety of their employees and other road users.

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