MP encourages routine screen to check for sleep disorders

Labour and Co-op MP Meg Munn has encouraged a motion that will see hauliers checked to ensure that they are not suffering from obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), or similar health disorders that may cause them to fall asleep at the wheel. 

Munn claimed that 40,000 HGV drivers could unknowingly be suffering from OSA during a Westminster debate on the issue, and said that she had been alerted to the problem after the nephew of one of her constituents was killed by a lorry driven by someone with the condition.

Health minister Norman Lamb said that he would raise the question of investigating road deaths with the Health and Safety Executive.

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