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Large Goods Vehicles: Drivers' Eyesight

Volume 570: debated on Thursday 7 March 1996

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether, under the Government's interpretation of European Union regulations, drivers of Large Goods Vehicles (LGV) from other European Union countries will be able to continue to drive LGVs in the United Kingdom, even though their eyesight would debar them from continuing to hold a vocational driving licence in the United Kingdom.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Transport
(Viscount Goschen)

The eyesight standards set in the second EC Directive on driving licences will apply throughout the European Union. Existing standards and entitlements vary as between member states. Drivers from other member states will have to comply with the relevant implementing legislation of their own member state, or, in the case of drivers taking up residence here, of the United Kingdom.