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Driving at Work

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) which projects on driving while at work are being prepared by the Health and Safety Executive; and what the timescale for implementation is of each; (115873)

(2) what discussions he has had with his ministerial colleagues in the Department for Transport on the implementation of projects for promoting safer driving while at work.

I will answer these two questions together.

The former Minister for health and safety, Lord Hunt, and the Minister of State, Department for Transport, my hon. Friend the Member for South Thanet (Dr. Ladyman) discussed safe driving whilst at work in November 2005 and 2006. Officials of the Health and Safety Executive and the Department for Transport are also in regular contact about measures to promote safer driving whilst at work.

HSE has a number of initiatives, including a new three-year project with Transport for London and the Metropolitan Police aimed at improving driver safety in freight transport by road and a three year programme of work aimed at moving goods safely in workplaces. HSE also continues to encourage employers to use the guide “Driving at Work”, as appropriate.