Amendment 2

Part of Pedicabs (London) Bill [HL] - Report – in the House of Lords at 5:30 pm on 30 January 2024.

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Photo of Baroness Randerson Baroness Randerson Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Transport) 5:30, 30 January 2024

I thank the Minister for his response, although it was rather disappointing. The noble Lord, Lord Moylan, makes the point that this is not the right place for these regulations, but he accepts that there is a clear danger. I simply approach it from the point of view that this might be a good place to start dealing with this danger. However, I accept that pedicabs make up a tiny percentage of the problem, as the noble Lord, Lord Borwick, says.

I say to the noble Viscount, Lord Goschen, that the key point that I was trying to tackle was that the second half of the amendment simply explains that the safety measures in the first half of the amendment apply specifically to pedal-powered bikes up to 250 watts. In our debate in Grand Committee, the issue became rather opaque, shall we say? My hope was that, within the 12 months specified in the amendment, perhaps the Government might actually tackle the whole issue so that, in tackling the pedicabs issue, they would also be tackling all the bikes concerned.

I am pleased to hear that the Minister thinks that Transport for London could do something to address this issue, and time will tell whether these are adequate powers for it. I am not arguing that it should be given the additional powers in relation to this, because I think this is a job for central government. However, we will see whether it has the sorts of powers needed to raise levels of safety. We will, I am sure, be looking to see what the office of public safety recommends, because this is not an issue that I have dreamed up. It is based on clear evidence of danger and risk and repeated fires, which come when something has gone wrong, when corners have been cut in the manufacturing process. There is clear evidence, and I very much hope that the Government pursue this with some additional urgency following this debate. Having said that, I beg leave to withdraw my amendment.

Amendment 2 withdrawn.

Clause 6: Procedure for pedicab regulations