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Volume 167: debated on Monday 12 February 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he has taken to ensure the enforcement of tachograph regulations for heavy lorries; how many tachograph inspectors have been appointed by his Department; and if he will make a statement.

Checks on HGV drivers' tachograph records are conducted by the Department's traffic examiners at the roadside and in follow-up investigations at operating bases. Charts are also checked in the 11 traffic area offices using computerised analysis equipment.Over 1·4 million tachograph charts will be checked in 1990–91. Twenty-five traffic examiners were recruited in 1989, and a further recruitment drive is planned for 1990 to bring the grade up to its full strength of 235 posts.