HC Deb 15 February 1994 vol 237 cc720-1W
Mrs. Golding

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport is he will delay the implementation of the EU directive on disbarring insulin-dependent truck drivers until he has analysed the report on the three-year study of the subject currently being carried out by the USA's Federal Highway Administration.

Mr. Key

The second EC directive on driver licensing has been agreed and is to be implemented by July 1996. The present advice from the honorary advisory panel on driving and diabetes is that to allow insulin-treated diabetics to drive large vehicles would constitute an unnecessary risk to road safety. The panel will reconsider this advice in the light of the USA's Federal Highway Administration's report as soon as it becomes available.