HC Deb 09 November 1987 vol 122 cc82-3W
Mr. Fry

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how his Department monitors the driving hours, breaks and rest periods of part-time public service vehicle drivers who may also undertake other driving or non-driving employment; and whether he is satisfied with the effectiveness of this monitoring.

Mr. Peter Bottomley

Driving hours, breaks and rest periods of all PSV drivers, whether full-time or part-time, are subject to regular checks by the police and traffic examiners. Traffic examiners make roadside checks and also visit operators' premises to check tachograph charts and drivers work records. Batches of tachograph charts are also checked by the tachograph screening equipment in traffic area offices or computer bureaux. Any irregularities discovered are followed up and reported for possible prosecution.

About 100,000 PSV drivers tachograph charts will be checked in 1987–88 which is substantially more than the number checked in 1986–87.