Draft Passenger and Goods Vehicles (Tachographs) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 — Digital Tachographs — Remote Access — Satellite Positioning — 24 Feb 2016 at 19:40
John Baron MP, Basildon and Billericay voted to require digital tachographs which use satellite positioning, and can be read remotely, to enforce rules on driving time and rest periods for certain lorries and buses.
The majority of MPs voted to bring in a requirement for digital tachographs for the enforcement of rules on driving time and rest periods for drivers of road haulage and passenger transport vehicles.
The new digital tachographs are to include wireless technology allowing enforcement officers to read them remotely, and to provide the information they hold to traffic systems designed to tackle congestion and reduce energy consumption.
The new tachographs are to use satellite positioning systems and are intended to be resistant to tampering and fraud.
The motion supported by the majority of MPs taking part in the vote was:
- That the draft Passenger and Goods Vehicles (Tachographs) (Amendment) Regulations 2016, which were laid before this House on 12 January, be approved.
The regulations implement EU Regulation 165/2014.
In addition to the provisions mentioned above the regulations allow the Secretary of State to authorise field tests of non-type approved tachographs.
The regulations also continue, and extend, exceptions to drivers’ hours rules.
The exemption for drivers of vehicles of up to 7.5 tonnes used for carrying materials, equipment or machinery for the driver’s use in the course of his work which previously applied within 50km of their base is applied to with 100km of the base.
The regulations also continue exemptions for postal vehicles, vehicles used for the carriage of live animals between farms and markets as well as markets and slaughterhouses. and certain gas or electric vehicles used within 100km of a base.
Following the vote the draft legislation was made a UK Statutory Instrument.
-  Explanatory memorandum to the Passenger and Goods Vehicles (Tachographs) (Amendment) Regulations 2016
-  Government consultation letter describing the changes in the regulations
-  Government consultation document describing the changes in the regulations
-  The Passenger and Goods Vehicles (Tachographs) (Amendment) Regulations 2016
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
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