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Volume 981: debated on Tuesday 18 March 1980

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asked the Minister of Transport what is the estimated cost to hauliers in the United Kingdom of complying with the EEC directive introducing tachographs; what resources are made available from the Community budget towards meeting these costs; and, in the event that there are none, if he will make representations to the Commission for such a grant.

The capital cost of the initial fitment will probably be of the order of £120 million. The ongoing costs of charts, calibration and re-sealing could be in the range of £25 million to £35 million. These figures make no allowance for offsetting productivity savings, which could be considerable. I am not aware of any member State having received Community funds for compliance with this regulation. In the circumstances, it would not be appropriate for the United Kingdom to apply for such assistance.