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Vehicles: HGV Licences

Earl Attlee asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: As at January 2006, the number of drivers in Great Britain holding a substantive GB licence entitlement to drive heavy or large goods vehicles was 1,387,185.

Vehicles: Personal Digital Cards

Earl Attlee asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: Any driver subject to the EU drivers' hours rules (Regulation 3820/85) requires a personal driver card in order to be able to drive a heavy goods vehicle fitted with a digital tachograph.

At the moment, heavy goods vehicles can be fitted with either analogue tachographs or digital tachographs. However, digital tachographs are expected to become mandatory for any such vehicles put into service for the first time from May this year.
 
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Earl Attlee asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: A vehicle mechanic requires a personal driver card in order to be able to drive a heavy goods vehicle fitted with a digital tachograph unless he or she is able to take advantage of one of the exemptions from the EU drivers' hours rules (Regulation 3820/85).

One such exemption applies to vehicles undergoing road tests for development, repair or maintenance purposes, and new or rebuilt vehicles which have not yet been put into service.

At the moment, heavy goods vehicles can be fitted with either analogue tachographs or digital tachographs. However, digital tachographs are expected to become mandatory for any such vehicles put into service for the first time from May this year.

Earl Attlee asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: Since July 2005 DVLA has issued 6,621 digital tachograph driver cards (figures correct as of 9 February 2006). It is not possible to estimate how many will be issued by 1 May 2006, as this will depend on the number of applications received.

Vehicles: Stretch Limousines

Earl Attlee asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: During the period 1 January to 31 December 2005, the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency prosecuted 16 cases, totalling 24 defendants and 74 offences in relation to stretched limousines carrying more than eight passengers.



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