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Transport: Working Hours

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect on road transport workers of the implementation of regulations on working time. (296208)

The European Working Time Directive (2002/15/EC) on the organisation of the working time of mobile workers in road transport specifies the provisions for working time, breaks and night work. It is implemented in Great Britain by the Road Transport (Working Time) Regulations 2005. A comprehensive review of these Regulations was completed in 2008.

Following the introduction of the Regulations, Labour Force Statistics showed that there had been a small drop in the average number of hours worked by HGV drivers. At this stage, it has not been possible to ascertain whether the Regulations have improved safety for road transport workers.