Results 1–20 of 1060 for speaker:Richard Holden

Free Bus Travel: Care Leavers (7 Dec 2022)

Richard Holden: It is a pleasure to serve for the first time under your chairmanship, Mrs Cummins. I start by thanking the hon. Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak (Steve McCabe) for bringing the debate forward, and I congratulate him on securing it. As chair of the APPG for looked after children and care leavers, he has done a huge amount in this area, and continues to do so. On a personal note, let me say...

Free Bus Travel: Care Leavers (7 Dec 2022)

Richard Holden: I thank my hon. Friend for that point, which I will come on to address and which has been well made by both him and the hon. Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak. We know that care leavers face massive challenges, including with transport. They need to get to work, education and training, as well as to have social interactions that are sometimes more difficult for them. The issue is of interest...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Motorways: Safety (7 Dec 2022)

Richard Holden: National Highways has established processes for monitoring the performance of stopped vehicle detection where it is in place on all lane running sections of smart motorway, collecting samples of operational data covering emergency areas and live lanes. National Highways currently has 17 days’ worth of operational sample data covering the period 2021 and 2022. From this data, an average of...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Buses: Exhaust Emissions (7 Dec 2022)

Richard Holden: We have committed to funding 4,000 zero emission buses (ZEBs) this Parliament. Since February 2020 we have provided funding support for nearly 2,400 zero emission buses in England. Across the UK an estimated 3,250 ZEBs have been funded so far. As part of the Government’s commitment to ZEBs, the Government awarded £270 million through the Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas (Scheme) to 17...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Jet Skis (7 Dec 2022)

Richard Holden: Local and harbour authorities have wide-ranging powers to introduce measures to respond to the negative effects of personal watercraft usage. They are best placed to decide how to ensure safety for all users in the waters they manage given significant differences in local geography and usage. Guidance, including case studies looking at effective management strategies, is available. The...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Low Emission Zones: Greater London (6 Dec 2022)

Richard Holden: Transport in London is devolved to the Mayor of London. There is no legal requirement for the Mayor to consult either central or local Government on the decision to expand the Ultra-Low Emission Zone. However, we have been clear that Government grant funding, via the longer-term funding settlement, cannot be used to cover the estimated £250 million cost of implementation. Therefore, the...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Low Emission Zones: Greater London (6 Dec 2022)

Richard Holden: Transport in London is devolved to the Mayor of London. There is no legal requirement for the Mayor to consult either central or local Government on the decision to expand the Ultra-Low Emission Zone. However, we have been clear that Government grant funding, via the longer-term funding settlement, cannot be used to cover the estimated £250 million cost of implementation. Therefore, the...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Low Emission Zones: Greater London (6 Dec 2022)

Richard Holden: Transport in London is devolved to the Mayor of London. There is no legal requirement for the Mayor to consult either central or local Government on the decision to expand the Ultra-Low Emission Zone. However, we have been clear that Government grant funding, via the longer-term funding settlement, cannot be used to cover the estimated £250 million cost of implementation. Therefore, the...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Jet Skis (6 Dec 2022)

Richard Holden: Most people ride personal watercraft, like jet skis, safely and responsibly and as a result serious issues are rare. There are a small minority of users who through their irresponsible actions put other people at risk. Local and harbour authorities already have wide-ranging powers to introduce measures to respond to dangerous or anti-social behaviour. The Department is supporting them...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Public Transport: Payments (6 Dec 2022)

Richard Holden: Passengers should have access to a ticketing system which is user-friendly. As modern ticketing and payment methods are rolled out more widely, we will continue to work with the transport sector to cater for those passengers that need to use cash to buy a ticket.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Roads: Repairs and Maintenance (6 Dec 2022)

Richard Holden: Most local authorities the Department allocates funding to as part of the highways maintenance incentive element funding process are in Band 3, based on their self-assessment response. Funding for authorities in receipt of City Region Sustainable Transport Settlements (CRSTS) no longer receive a separate incentive element and so are not included in the table. The Department encourages all...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Motor Vehicles: Speed Limits (5 Dec 2022)

Richard Holden: There are no plans to mandate speed limiters for cars, although they continue to be required for heavy goods vehicles and larger passenger carrying vehicles.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Rural Areas (5 Dec 2022)

Richard Holden: The Government recognises the importance of transport for rural areas and is committed to improving access to services that provide vital connectivity. The Government pays almost £260 million per year in Bus Service Operators Grant, which benefits passengers by helping operators keep fares down, and enabling operators to run services that might otherwise be unprofitable and could lead to...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Electric Vehicles: Charging Points (5 Dec 2022)

Richard Holden: The Department has no plans to seek legislation to implement road charging on a national basis.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Transport: Sark (5 Dec 2022)

Richard Holden: Transport links to Sark are a matter for the government of Sark.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Public Transport: Assistance Animals (5 Dec 2022)

Richard Holden: Under Sections 168 and 170 of the Equality Act 2010 taxi and PHV drivers must accept the carriage of passengers accompanied by assistance dogs, and the Department has committed to mandating their completion of disability awareness training when Parliamentary time allows. On buses, the Department has committed to require the provision of audible and visible announcements, helping visually...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Transport: Glasgow (5 Dec 2022)

Richard Holden: Lord Peter Hendy’s independent Union Connectivity Review, published in November 2021, considered transport connectivity across the UK. We are considering Lord Hendy’s recommendations carefully and will publish our response as soon as is practicable.

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Transport: Ship Safety – draft Merchant Shipping (Inspections of Ro-Ro Passenger Ships and High-Speed Passenger Craft) Regulations 2023 (5 Dec 2022)

Richard Holden: The draft Merchant Shipping (Inspection of Ro-Ro Passenger Ships and High-Speed Passenger Craft) Regulations 2023 were published today, along with an accompanying draft Explanatory Memorandum. The draft Regulations revoke and replace the Merchant Shipping (Mandatory Surveys for Ro-Ro Ferry and High Speed Passenger Craft) Regulations 2001 (S.I. 2001/152) and implement a revised safety...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Driving Licences: Foreign Nationals (2 Dec 2022)

Richard Holden: All non-UK nationals who are normally and lawfully resident in GB can apply for a provisional licence to drive buses and lorries. All applicants must hold a GB licence to drive cars, provide proof of identity and meet medical and conduct standards. Non-UK nationals will need to provide evidence that they have leave to remain in the UK. Lorry and bus licences issued by EEA countries can be...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Driving Licences: North East Hampshire (2 Dec 2022)

Richard Holden: Information on the number of driving licence applications processed or awaiting processing is not held by Parliamentary constituency or region.


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