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THE NUMBER of infringemen of the EEC drivers' hours regul tions throughout the Comm, nity has remained at a high ley for some years, and there is ni the slightest sign of a fall. 0 the contrary, it seems likely thi the economic situation is givin rise to an increase in offences.
These are the conclusior reached in the EEC Comm' sions' latest report on the appl cation of the regulation NI 543/69, which has just bee submitted to the council Ministers.
The 72-page report, which n lates to the year 1980, is base on information which every got ernment is supposed to supp to Brussels each year. It therefore almost three years oi of date. This indicates that, usual, some governments hal, been slow submitting the material, though the report doE not comment on this.
Three countries — Irelani Italy and Luxembourg — we unable to supply any figures n lating to the number of checl carried out, either at th roadside or at operator: premises.
Nor could they say how mar officials were authorised to car out inspections.
At the other extreme, thrE countries — the Unite Kingdom, Germany and the NI, therlands — received pats on tlback for submitting the most GI, tailed contributions. The Briti. system of silent checks is con mended as an example fc others to follow. However, if Commission criticises Britai and the Netherlands for failui to report any breaches of tl450km rule.
The visits made in 1981 an 1982 by officials of the Transpo Directorate General to study ei forcement methods in variot. countries are described. Despii tactical working it is clear thi the visitors were not impresse by what they saw (or failed I see) in Ireland, Belgium, Ita and Luxembourg. Once agai Britain and Germany are con mended, this time for overcon ing language difficulties wit foreign drivers by the use I multi-lingual leaflets. Oth( countries are urged to folio this example.
The report will probably be c the agenda of the Council Ministers in December. No mally, the Council merely "takE note of it", but this year mini ters are likely to use the occasic to urge the Commission 1 produce the results of the revie. as soon as possible.