HC Deb 23 July 1986 vol 102 cc275-6W
Sir Geoffrey Finsberg

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what action he has asked the European Community Commission to take regarding re-examining the application of the drivers' hours and tachograph regulations to private driving.

Mr. Peter Bottomley

European Community regulations 3820/85 and 3821/85 directly apply in the United Kingdom, with effect from 29 September, to passenger carrying vehicles of more than 17 seats even if the vehicles are being run privately or by voluntary organisations. I have asked the Commission to initiate a review of this subject and I have suggested that, in view of costs involved, and taking account of the needs of road safety, an exemption of privately driven vehicles which do not travel more than 100 kilometres from their base might be appropriate.

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