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Transport: Orders and Regulations

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the (a) one-off cost and (b) recurring cost of implementing the Disability Discrimination (Transport Vehicles) Regulations 2005 to (i) businesses and (ii) the regulators. (126642)

The Disability Discrimination (Transport Vehicles) Regulations 2005 were accompanied by a full regulatory impact assessment, including one-off and recurring costs to business. A copy was placed in the House Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his most recent estimate is of the (a) one-off cost and (b) recurring costs of implementing the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and the Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment (Amendment) Regulations 2005 to (i) businesses and (ii) the regulators. (126645)

The total costs to industry estimated in the final regulatory impact assessment (RIA) were:

(a) for the first year after the proposals came into force, a one-off cost of £25 million—£53 million (incurred as a result of implementation of new security requirements following the events of 9/11);

Additionally, £0.05 million or less incurred as a result of further safety measures.

(b) £80 million (in present value terms) incurred over the remaining nine years (primarily relating to approval of bulk containers and changes to classification, packaging and vehicle marking in relation to class 7 radioactive materials as required by the EC directives.

The cost to regulators was absorbed in the normal running costs of the Department.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his most recent estimate is of the (a) one-off cost and (b) recurring costs of implementing Directive 2002/15/EC, on the working time of persons performing mobile and road transport activities to (i) businesses and (ii) the regulators. (126648)

The European Road Transport Working Time Directive 2002/15/EC is intended to help prevent “mobile workers” (mainly drivers and crew of HGVs, buses and coaches) from being forced to work excessively long hours. The directive also helps promote road safety and to ensure fair competition across Europe (by delivering a “level playing field” on working time).

The regulatory impact assessment (RIA) for the Road Transport (Working Time) Regulations 2005 (SI 2005/639), which implemented directive 2002/15/EC in Great Britain, estimated a one-off cost to industry of £25 to £50 million and a recurring net cost of £280 to £565 million per annum. The RIA did not estimate a one-off cost for regulators but estimated recurring enforcement costs of £120,000-£217,000 per annum. Copies of the RIA are available in the Libraries of the House, but early indications suggest that the compliance cost to industry may have been overestimated.

The Government have begun a review of the UK’s implementation of the directive which will look at, among other things, the administrative burden placed on business by the implementing regulations.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his most recent estimate is of the (a) one-off cost and (b) recurring cost of implementing the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2004 to (i) businesses and (ii) the regulators. (126656)

The total costs to industry estimated in the final regulatory impact assessment (RIA) were:

(a) a one-off cost of £47 million incurred in the first year after the proposals came into force (primarily related to the increased scope of driver training to drivers working in petroleum transport sector);

(b) a further £293 million (in present value terms using a discount rate of 3.5 per cent.) incurred over the remaining nine years.

The cost to regulators was absorbed in the normal running costs of the Department.