§ Miss McIntosh
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the impact of the working time directive on services by(a) rail and (b) road. 
§ Mr. Jamieson
My Department is consulting both sides of industry, on the likely impact of the adopted working time directive for mobile workers in the road transport sector (2002/15/EC). A regulatory impact assessment will be published later this year, alongside a consultation document on our proposals.
Rail and road workers will be subject to the original Working Time Directive (93/104/EC), as amended by 2000/34/EC, by August 2003. The Department of Trade and Industry published a draft impact assessment on 31 October 2002, which covers all the sectors excluded from the original directive, including rail workers and non-mobile workers in the road transport sector. The draft RIA may be revised following comments received at the close of the public consultation on 31 January.