HC Deb 07 November 1979 vol 973 cc202-3W
57. Mr. Austin Mitchell

asked the Minister of Transport in what way and with what legal status tachograph charts will be admissible as evidence after accidents.

Mr. Fowler

It is open to the courts to accept tachograph records in evidence in any proceedings arising from an accident. Expert analysis of tachograph charts, using powerful magnifying equipment, can provide detailed information about vehicle speed and rates of acceleration or deceleration over precise distances before an impact.

58. Mr. Skinner

asked the Minister of Transport what discussions he has had with trades union leaders regarding tachographs.

Mr. Fowler

I have had two meetings with union leaders about tachographs, at which the Transport and General Workers Union, United Road Transport Union, National Union of Railways, Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers, and National Union of General and Municipal Workers, were represented.