Clause 54

Part of Local Transport Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:33 pm on 6th May 2008.

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Photo of Stephen Hammond Stephen Hammond Shadow Minister (Transport) 5:33 pm, 6th May 2008

The Minister has come a long way towards my position. In 1985, the Conservative Administration obviously had the foresight to bring in measures that she believes I do not need to insert into the Bill. I think that she would none the less agree—this is one reason why I wished to explore the matter—that the clause potentially allows a larger number of drivers in the community transport field, in some cases driving bigger vehicles than they have driven before. The whole matter of safety must be considered, and I hope that the Minister will think again. My amendment does not specify what has to be done, but it gives the Secretary of State the chance to define safety training by order at some stage. That is extremely important, as my concern is that the Bill will widen the field of people who operate the vehicles in question.