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Transport: Horses

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will seek to exempt recreational drivers of horse transporters of greater than 7.5 tonnes gross weight from the provisions of Regulation (EC) No. 561/2006; and if he will make a statement. (295316)

Exemptions beyond those already set out in Regulation (EC) 561/2006 may only be granted in “exceptional circumstances”. We therefore 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.