A PROPOSAL to cut rest periods for some international coach
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drivers during the summer season caused a controversy among MEPs last month, with Labour members branding the plan "potentially very dangerous".
A reduction from 90 hours per fortnight to 72 hours was proposed by the Parliament's transport committee in a report on the planned changes in EEC driving time and tachograph rules.
Tory MEP John Marshall said the 72-hour rest period could apply to coach drivers operating non-regular international services during the tourist season from March 1 to September 30.
he told CM: "The present restrictions are ignored anyway — in West Germany for example. Forty per cent of the drivers stopped in a recent check were breaking the tachograph regulations."