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Transport Policy: Sir Rod Eddington

Lord Hanningfield asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: The costs of Rod Eddington's travel and accommodation during stakeholder engagement visits across the UK have been shared between the Department for Transport and HM Treasury. Travel and accommodation costs incurred up to the end of December 2005 total approximately £3,200.

Vehicles: Insurance Certificates

Earl Attlee asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord Davies of Oldham: No. Our view is that Section 147 of the Road Traffic Act precludes electronic delivery to policy holders of certificates of motor insurance, for the purposes of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

Vehicles: Tachographs

Earl Attlee asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: The operators and drivers of certain heavy goods and public service vehicles are required to use tachographs to record drivers'
 
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compliance with the EU drivers hours rules. Under Council Regulation (EC) No. 2135/98, such in-scope vehicles put into service for the first time after 5 August 2004 were required to be fitted with a digital tachograph. However, digital tachographs were not available by that date and the requirement could not be enforced.

The Council and European Parliament agreed last December to change the August 2004 date to ensure legal clarity. This will be achieved through a clause in a new EU regulation on drivers hours which will amend Regulation (EC) No. 2135/98. The effect of this amendment will be to require the use of a digital tachograph in vehicles put into service for the first time from a date 20 days after formal publication of the new EU regulation on drivers hours. Publication is expected in early April and digital tachographs should become mandatory for new vehicles from early May 2006.



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