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Minibuses: Tachographs

Volume 472: debated on Thursday 21 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will bring forward proposals to exempt volunteer drivers of minibuses used for voluntary work from the requirement to use a tachograph. (188329)

The EU Regulation on drivers’ hours (Regulation (EC) No 561/2006), which requires the use of tachographs, provides a national exemption for vehicles with between 10 and 17 seats used exclusively for the non-commercial carriage of passengers. This was implemented in Great Britain by means of the Community Drivers’ Hours and Recording Equipment Regulations 2007 (S.I. 2007/1819).

This exemption would apply to minibuses used by the voluntary sector provided the operation as a whole is carried out without a view to profit nor incidentally to an activity which is itself carried out with a view to profit.