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Volume 972: debated on Thursday 25 October 1979

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asked the Minister of Transport if he will ensure that the regulations regarding the installation of tachographs are not made compulsory until full agreement has been reached with Scottish vehicle operators, in view of the fact that the regulations will cause particular problems for them due to the conditions and width restrictions on Scottish roads which preclude normal speeds, and to the lack of adequate dual carriageways or motorways.

The tachograph is simply a mechanical device to replace the driver's log book which is required under present regulations. Its introduction will not affect other rules regulating the operation of goods vehicles, in particular those regulating drivers' hours. I will, of course, take full account of all comments on the draft regulations which I published in September before putting to Parliament my proposals for phasing in the tachograph.