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Eurocourt will not punish UK

5th May 1978, Page 6
5th May 1978
Page 6
Page 6, 5th May 1978 — Eurocourt will not punish UK
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BRITAIN'S third appearance in the European Court of Justice, this time for failing to intl.( tachographs, will not result in any penalty for British operators.

The court is not empowered I to punish offenders in any way I CM's editor lain Sherriff presents the silver salver for the winners of Class D of the CM Livery Competition for tippers to Amey Roadstone Corporation group maintenance and transport engineer Nigel Trottman. — its function is merely to deliver a judgment.

If and when Britain is found guilty of failing to comply with EEC regulation 1463/70, we will be instructed to comply with the regulation and nothing more.

But there is nothing to stop the other countries of Europe taking such action as reducing Britain's vital permit allocations for international haulage.

The EEC Commission under British president Roy Jenkins has clearly stated where it stands on the issue with the speed of its decision to take Britain to court over tachos.


And that position is simply: 'we are sick and tired of listening to your hard-luck stories — get on and honour your obligations under the Treaty of Rome.'

It has taken the EEC Corn mission just two weeks the date of receipt of Brit reply to the EEC's reas1 opinion on the subject to c to the decision.

Now it seems that the El to attempt to show its tee the face of a recalcit member.


Last week EEC spokes in London confirmed there will be no penalty — no country has ever faile act on a judgment har down by the court.

For any country to ig the judgment, or to refu: act on the findings of court, would destroy whole system of internati justice in Europe.

The system exists on fidence in much the same as the world's money marl and any act of defiance w lead to its crumbling.

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