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Driving: Working Hours

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what assessment he has made of the merits of seeking an exemption from the EU drivers’ hours directive for those who drive horseboxes over 7.5 tonnes for recreational purposes; and if he will make a statement. (286330)

Given the flexibilities which already exist within the EU drivers’ hours rules (Regulation (EC) No. 561/2006), we see little prospect of the European Commission agreeing to a UK request to exempt recreational drivers of horseboxes over 7.5 tonnes.

It should still be possible for those in full-time employment who drive large horseboxes recreationally to schedule a reduced weekly rest period of 24 hours immediately before the equestrian event in question, or in between driving to and from the event (i.e. at the event itself) without the need for a derogation.