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Haulage Industry

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to secure the enforcement of the EU working time directive in the haulage industry in those EU countries which have yet to adopt the measure; whether the directive is applied to all lorries operating in the UK regardless of national origin; and if he will make a statement. (89993)

The European Commission is responsible for ensuring that each member state implements the European road transport working time directive 2002/15/EC. The Commission is currently pursuing infraction proceedings against those member states that have failed to notify full transposition of the directive.

The UK’s implementing regulations apply to any mobile worker operating in the UK provided they are employed by a haulier established in a member state of the European Union.