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Lorry Drivers (Health Checks)

Volume 130: debated on Tuesday 29 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he has any plans to introduce mandatory health checks on heavy goods vehicle and public service vehicle drivers over the age of 50 years, especially those in high risk categories.

Proposals have recently been presented for drivers of heavy goods vehicles to have medical checks every five years from the age of 45 and annually from 65. This is in line with the present requirements for drivers of public service vehicles. We are now considering the results of public consultation on this issue.