First step to impounding
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• The Government has welcomed the House of Lords' first reading of Earl Attlee's private members' bill on impounding CM10-16 June).
The legislation, which would
empower Vehicle Inspectorate examiners to impound HGVs found to be running without an Operator's Licence, was introduced on 8 June.
"British truckers deserve better protection from Ihlegal operators," says Transport Minister Lord Whitty. "This bill, supported by the vast majority of road hauliers, seeks to achieve the objectives of the detention scheme announced in our White Paper.
Attlee's scheme would also require truck drivers found to be in breach of drivers' hours regulations to take the necessary rest period before continuing their journeys.
The bill will now go through a second reading in the House of Lords and then to committee, where the tine details will be thrashed out. It must then go before the House of Commons.