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Autonomous Vehicles — Question for Short Debate (16 October 2014)

Lord Borwick: ...that the insurance industry is so successful and profitable in the UK. When we debate autonomous vehicles, we should be thinking big, not just about lane sensors or cameras, but about conveys of driverless lorries delivering freight around the country. I believe we must do all we can to ensure that the UK is at the heart of testing new technologies on our roads, so it is good to see that...

Public Bill Committee: Modern Slavery Bill: Clause 2 - Human trafficking (2 September 2014)

Michael Connarty: ...that struck me was, “How come this home had been used for another previous doubtful use and then quite clearly been used as a cannabis factory?” I said earlier that eventually I spotted a four-wheel drive in the driveway, took the number down and, having reported it to the Scottish intelligence unit, I phoned the equivalent of the Serious Organised Crime Agency and told them...

Deregulation Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (7 July 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Baroness Turner of Camden: ...for suitable funding. This is extremely important. It is an aspect that, again, we should look at in more detail when it is before us in Committee. There is then a list of recommendations dealing with taxis and private car hire. As someone who uses car hire frequently because of disability, I am interested in ensuring that the drivers are safe and mostly good in their driving—and...

Deregulation Bill: Second Reading (7 July 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Collins of Highbury: ...will put at risk workers’ and consumers’ safety. These relate to the clauses on health and safety and the last-minute proposals thrown in at the end of the Committee stage in the other place on taxis and private hire vehicles. Regulations that protect the health and safety of workers are not red tape: ask the many people injured in the construction industry or the families of...

Economy: Manufacturing — Motion to Take Note (3 July 2014)

Lord Borwick: ...there is nothing that an accountant cannot do, I doubt that the feeling that they have is the same. I have spent most of my working life manufacturing different products. I have manufactured London taxis and metal parts for other makers too. I thank my noble friend Lady Wilcox for raising such an important issue. In order to strengthen the sector, it is important to think about what...

Personal Independence Payments (Liverpool Wavertree) (1 July 2014)

Michael Penning: ...accept that if someone’s income is low, this is such a desperately needed amount of money. There is other help that can be given. The hon. Member for Liverpool, Wavertree, touched on the cost of taxis to the hospital and things like that. There are financial schemes whereby we can help with that, but what really should happen is that we should get the benefits sorted as fast as...

Deregulation Bill: New Clause 4 — Removal of restriction on investigation of tramway accidents in Scotland by RAIB (23 June 2014) See 12 other results from this debate

Bob Stewart: Is it correct that a person who runs a licensed taxi company, for example, is responsible for everyone who drives for that company? If so, that person has the responsibility to ensure that his or her drivers act properly and are properly checked.

Bus Services — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (17 June 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Gordon Marsden: ...about their effect on local transport demonstrate that they have reverted to an isolated and siloed vision of what public transport can do, rather than seeing it as the environmentally friendly, efficient and inclusive driver of economic growth that it should be. Campaigning groups such as the Campaign for Better Transport have done some excellent work, particularly in highlighting the...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (2nd Day) (5 June 2014)

Viscount Simon: ..., has drawn attention to the fact that there is a good need for a deterrent presence of roads-policing officers out there on the road, ready and willing to deal with those who misbehave deliberately. Driving at 149 miles per hour, which was the speed of one of the drivers mentioned in the article, is a deliberate act, not an error. We all think that it is awful when we read of drivers with...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill:  Second Stage (27 May 2014)

Mark Durkan: ...in the day. The Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill has five parts, comprising 27 clauses and two schedules. Part 1 is a short section defining expressions used throughout the Bill.  Part 2 deals with drink-driving, and I will look at this first.  The current drink-drive limit in Northern Ireland is 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.  When convicted in court,...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill (Programme) No. 2: New Clause 14 — Offences committed by disqualified drivers (12 May 2014)

Julie Hilling: I wish to talk specifically to amendments 8 and 9 that are in my name and that of my hon. Friend the Member for Wythenshawe and Sale East (Mike Kane). There is something very strange happening with driving penalties. The law says that a driver should be banned if they receive 12 points on their licence, unless they would face exceptional hardship. It also says that the same plea for...

Scottish Parliament: Halbeath Park and Ride (7 May 2014)

Jayne Baxter: ...Queen Margaret stations are usually full on week days by 8 o’clock, and it is often standing room only on the peak-time trains between Edinburgh and Fife. If one does have to use one’s car to drive over the bridge, the traffic on the approach can often tail back well beyond the junctions off the M90, and then one has to find somewhere to park at an affordable rate when one gets...

Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles — [Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] (29 April 2014) See 5 other results from this debate

Stephen Hammond: ...of that journey. The second measure proposed in the amendments to the Deregulation Bill will save the private hire trade many thousands of pounds. At the moment, private hire vehicles can only ever be driven by a licensed private hire driver. That creates a substantial burden for the trade, as in many cases people have to buy a second car for family members to drive. That is an...

Public Administration Select Committee: Backbench Business — Easter Adjournment (10 April 2014)

Jim Shannon: .... Those figures show how the economy has had an impact throughout the United Kingdom, and that is magnified in rural areas. And with less funding for community groups, services such as community transport are having difficulty putting on the special taxis and buses for those who are disabled and live in the countryside. That is yet another blow for those who cannot get out of the house and...

Public Bill Committee: Criminal Justice and Courts Bill: Clause 26 - Trial by single justice on the papers (25 March 2014)

Julie Hilling: ..., who sent me back to Justice Ministers, who sent me back to Transport Ministers. In all of that, I have made very little progress. As I have already said today, I am concerned about trivialising driving offences and worry that these low-level cases can add up to some serious issues, particularly people choosing to continue to ignore driving law. How on earth can people tot up the number...

Public Bill Committee: Deregulation Bill: New Clause 9 - Private hire vehicles: circumstances in which driver’s licence required (25 March 2014) See 3 other results from this clause

Chi Onwurah: ...convenience. It effectively allows minicab operators to get around local licensing conditions and would also make effective enforcement of local licensing by licensing authorities impossible, thereby further driving down standards. Brighton and Hove Streamline argues that “By sub-contracting a booking an operator devalues the customer’s right of choice. In a competitive market,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Transforming Your Care:  Progress Update (11 March 2014)

Edwin Poots: ...departments.    New support services have also been developed for those with learning disabilities, with a significant shift from day centres towards community-based day opportunities.  The Southern Trust offers work placements as part of its day opportunities programme.  The Zest coffee shop is one such example where service users make a valuable contribution to the...

Children and Families Bill — Third Reading (5 February 2014)

Lord Ribeiro: ...I have had with my noble friend and for the way in which the Government have shifted their position both publicly and privately. That is very rewarding. Thanks to the Tube strike today, I came in by taxi. The best way to find out what the average member of the British public thinks about anything is to ask your taxi driver. I noted that he had a no-smoking sign in his cab. I asked,...

[Mr George Howarth in the Chair] — Housing (London) (5 February 2014)

Emma Reynolds: ...We need longer-term tenancies, so that families can have the long-term stability that they need, and we need to enable councils to introduce licensing schemes. This afternoon I am going to Newham—by taxi, not by tube—to see the licensing scheme that has been introduced there, which is driving up standards in the private rented sector. The problem in London is not low housing...

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Northern Ireland: Security (29 January 2014)

Baroness Randerson: ...were fired upon in north Belfast. Three men were subsequently arrested and charged in connection with this incident. There have also been a number of significant attacks on commercial targets. In November, a taxi was hijacked in the Ardoyne area of North Belfast and its driver forced to drive to Belfast City Centre with an IED on board. The device later partially exploded close to the...

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