Clause 53

Part of Road Safety Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 6:00 pm on 18 April 2006.

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Photo of Stephen Hammond Stephen Hammond Shadow Minister (Transport) 6:00, 18 April 2006

As I understand it from the Minister’s explanation, new clause 30 tidies up and makes more specific the responsibilities in clause 53. To that extent, I suspect that the proposal is largely welcome. I hope that he will cast some light on amendment No. 111. Why do we need to repeal the words “barriers or other”? What is the intention of the amendment?

The other problem with new clause 30 is that while it introduces a number of preventive measures, it does not achieve what we were aiming to do in terms of examining the failure to stop at traffic lights. The Minister gave assurances about consultation, saying that it would be tackled by his subsequent amendments. I am unsure whether anything in new clause 30 does anything to tackle the problem that we tried to highlight.