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Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

Volume 701: debated on Thursday 8 May 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What guidance they give to overseas truck drivers regarding United Kingdom road traffic regulations. [HL3376]

Many road traffic regulations are common across the EU and in particular the rules on driver hours and roadworthiness standards.

The primary means of conveying the conditions of road traffic regulations to all road users is through traffic signing. Traffic signs are subject to the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002, which are, in turn, derived from international standards set in the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic, and the subsequent 1971 European Agreement. These standards form the basis for international traffic sign design to maximise driver understanding across international boundaries.

However, the onus is on individual drivers to familiarise themselves with the road traffic law of the member state in which they are driving. And in the UK general information for motorists including the Highway Code is available on the “direct gov” website at