§ Mr. Gareth Wardell
asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he has any plans to prevent drivers of buses and taxis, driving instructors and drivers of vehicles regularly carrying dangerous goods to consume any alcoholic drink during their working hours and during the six hours before they start work.
§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
No. We see no case for any requirements beyond those in the existing legislation on drinking and driving. I believe that professional drivers are, in general, particularly aware of the risks associated with drinking and driving and set high standards of conduct in this respect. Drivers with vocational licences are aware that, should they he convicted of a drinking and driving offence, the vocational licence will not automatically be restored at the end of a period of disqualification ordered by the court.