Thursday, June 5, 2008

Working Time Review: Terms of reference published

Transport Minister Stephen Ladyman today announced terms of reference for a review of the UK's Regulations implementing the European Road Transport Working Time Directive.

Following discussions with key stakeholders at the Road Haulage Forum, Dr Ladyman said:

"This review will help us to consider key elements of the Regulations in the light of practical experience and to ensure that our arrangements remain relevant. We worked closely with employers and unions in making the Regulations and I am very pleased that we will be continuing that constructive partnership".

The review will be undertaken by a working group involving DfT, trade associations and unions. It will focus on:

* use and interpretation of "periods of availability"
* the exemption for "occasional" mobile workers
* treatment of leave
* compliance with, and enforcement of, the Regulations, and
* the administrative burden placed on business by the Regulations

Any resulting proposals for change will be subject to public consultation.

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