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Lorries

Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans her Department has to improve training for drivers of left-hand drive lorries using UK motorways; and if she will make a statement. (199846)

There are no specific plans for the UK Government to train drivers of left-hand drive lorries. However, from September 2009 European directive 2003/59 EC requires all new lorry drivers across Europe to obtain an initial qualification—a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence—before being able to drive professionally. Additionally, all lorry drivers will need to undertake 35 hours periodic training every five years. So by 2014, all existing lorry drivers will also need to obtain the qualification.