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"Madam President, at a time when national governments across Europe are seeking to encourage economic opportunity and increase competitiveness, it is disheartening that this Parliament is yet again considering proposals that will restrict the activity of lorry drivers. My constituency is Northern Ireland. It rests on the very edge of Europe and relies heavily on its road transport industry, which includes many self-employed hauliers. Drivers are already highly regulated by existing tachograph rules, and the new recommendations would serve to further constrain their work by recording location data at three-hour intervals rather than at the start and end of the journey. Inspecting authorities would also be given further powers through remote communication to assess vehicles before stopping them. This type of intrusion is completely unwarranted. Ultimately, although the Council has rightly chosen to exclude non-professional hauliers from the scope of the proposals (and this will include farmers), I believe that they will have a significant impact on lorry drivers and the public purse."@en1
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