HC Deb 21 January 1982 vol 16 c161W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will seek to introduce legislation to ensure that all lorry drivers are paid additional amounts when tachographs are fitted to their vehicles.

Mr. David Howell

No. Drivers are now relieved of the task of completing written records, which have been replaced by the tachograph. There may be scope for additional payments under productivity agreements based on information provided by the tachograph, but these are not a matter for legislation.

Mr. Peter Mills

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if, in view of the unavoidable long delays to the vehicles used by livestock hauliers at livestock markets, and the need, in the interests of animal welfare, to ensure the minimum amount of time spent in transporting livestock, he will introduce special provisions for tachographs used in such vehicles.

Mr. David Howell

Vehicles used for the transport of live animals from farms to local markets and vice-versa are already exempt from the EEC drivers' hours and tachograph requirements. There is no provision in the relevant EEC legislation which would enable the United Kingdom Government to grant further exemptions.