HC Deb 29 July 1975 vol 896 c481W
Mr. Les Huckfield

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he is aware of the difficulties likely to face both sides of the road transport industry as a result of the implementation in the United Kingdom on 1st January 1976 of EEC regulations concerning commercial vehicle drivers' hours, and tachographs; and if he will make a statement in his policy towards this matter.

Dr. Gilbert

I am well aware of these difficulties. Following approaches from both sides of the industry I am informing the Commission and our EEC partners that we shall seek a deferment of the application of the regulation on drivers' hours to journeys within the United Kingdom. On the fitment of tachographs, the legal position is different, but on that, too, I am making representations to the Commission in order to find means of overcoming the difficulties which we face. I shall be holding a joint meeting early next month with both sides of the road transport industry to discuss the details involved in these representations.

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