HC Deb 19 February 1982 vol 18 cc243-4W
Mr. Skeet

asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether exemptions will be made for drivers of motor vehicles exceeding scheduled hours under tachograph regulations in cases where animals being carried between farm and market might be caused suffering.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

The transport of live animals from farms to local markets and vice versa is already exempt. In other cases involving the transport of live animals, the regulations enable drivers to exceed the normal maximum daily and weekly driving limits, and to reduce the normal minimum daily rest periods, where this is necessary because of danger or circumstances outside the driver's control and to ensure the safety of the vehicle or its load. This appears to provide adequate protection for the welfare of animals.