Results 61–80 of 882 for speaker:Lord Davies of Gower

Public Bus Collisions - Question (13 May 2024)

Lord Davies of Gower: I am not aware of that, but I take my noble friend’s point. It is a question of bus companies taking their own steps to ensure that people are safe while they travel, and that drivers are trained properly.

Public Bus Collisions - Question (13 May 2024)

Lord Davies of Gower: I could not possibly disagree with that. I am a regular bus user and I agree that they provide a tremendous service, whether it is in our cities, towns or, indeed, our rural areas.

Public Bus Collisions - Question (13 May 2024)

Lord Davies of Gower: I agree with what the noble Lord says, but it is an individual responsibility. It is not for the Government to say, “You should take care”. A Government can encourage people to take care, but it is a matter of your own assessment of the risks on the road. If you wish to wear headphones and take that risk, more fool you.

Public Bus Collisions - Question (13 May 2024)

Lord Davies of Gower: There is quite a bit of legislation on reckless and dangerous cycling—the penalties are quite high—and on drinking alcohol or taking drugs while cycling. The penalties and offences are there; it is a matter of the police enforcing them.

Public Bus Collisions - Question (13 May 2024)

Lord Davies of Gower: The noble Lord asks how the police are supposed to do it. It is a matter of being out there and patrolling. I did it myself for 32 years, and I managed to nab a few cyclists.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Line: Compensation (13 May 2024)

Lord Davies of Gower: The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ Red Book sets out the approach to be adopted for property valuation. It is not applicable to compensation cases where there is no claim for property value and the claim is limited to disturbance compensation or losses not based on the value of land, such as relocation costs.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties (13 May 2024)

Lord Davies of Gower: The outcome of the most recent roadside survey, which provides an estimate of the number of unlicensed vehicles in traffic, was published in December 2023. This showed that 98.7 per cent of vehicles across the UK were correctly licensed, which equates to an estimated 498,000 unlicensed vehicles and an evasion rate of 1.3 per cent. The survey indicated that five per cent of the estimated...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Avanti West Coast: North Wales (13 May 2024)

Lord Davies of Gower: Avanti West Coast (AWC) plans to maintain current service levels between London and North Wales throughout summer 2024. Network Rail engineering works over six weekend days between May and August 2024 will, however, close parts of the North Wales Coast Line to all operators, with temporary changes required to accommodate these. The Department recognises the inconvenience that these works will...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: East Coast Main Line: Timetables (13 May 2024)

Lord Davies of Gower: Timetable production and access rights issues are governed by Network Rail’s Network Code, which is regulated by the Office of Rail and Road. We expect the rail industry to work through these issues in order to deliver the upgraded timetable and realise the benefits of £4bn investment in track and train.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Dual Carriageways: Norwich (13 May 2024)

Lord Davies of Gower: In October 2023, the Government approved funding at Outline Business Case stage for the Norwich Western Link. This was subject to the scheme gaining the necessary planning and environmental consents. It is for the scheme promoter, Norfolk County Council, to seek those consents and to work with Natural England. The Council is still engaged in that process and has submitted a planning...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries (13 May 2024)

Lord Davies of Gower: The Government continues to engage extensively with the automotive industry to ensure the transition supports the sector. Government has already spent over £2 billion to support the transition to ZEVs. This funding has focused on reducing barriers to the adoption of such vehicles to support demand, including offsetting their higher upfront cost, and accelerating the rollout of chargepoint...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Great Western Railway: Trains (13 May 2024)

Lord Davies of Gower: 1.37 per cent of Intercity Trains were short formed in period 13 (the most recent rail period). Although more reliable than the trains they replaced, Great Western Railway has more intercity sets out of service than normal due to damage caused by infrastructure issues (such as flooding), the long-term crack repairs programme, and the impact of poor performance on the network. Great Western...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Strikes ( 9 May 2024)

Lord Davies of Gower: Strikes by RMT among their members at Network Rail in 2022/23 typically resulted in average industry-wide service levels of around 20%. These strikes have resulted in direct impacts on rail industry revenue and on the wider economy, for example due to people being unable to attend work. Given the move to flexible working post-pandemic, the impact of strikes on the economy is far lower,...

National Networks National Policy Statement - Motion to Regret ( 8 May 2024)

Lord Davies of Gower: My Lords, I would like to thank all noble Lords for their consideration of the National Networks National Policy Statement. I would particularly like to thank the noble Lord, Lord Berkeley, for securing the debate; he is well known for his contribution to transport policy, not least in the area of rail freight. Our road and rail networks are essential parts of our transport system. They...

Automated Vehicles Bill [HL] - Commons Amendments: Motion on Amendment 1 ( 8 May 2024)

Lord Davies of Gower: My Lords, I extend my gratitude to colleagues across the House for their supportive comments on and contributions to this Bill. Your Lordships’ careful and considered scrutiny has been hugely valuable, and I hope that the House sees fit to agree the handful of Commons amendments before us today. On the question from the noble Lord, Lord Liddle, about the timetable for regulations, I will...

Automated Vehicles Bill [HL] - Commons Amendments: Motion on Amendment 1 ( 8 May 2024)

Lord Davies of Gower: My Lords, I will speak to Amendments 1 to 11. I thank colleagues for their previous engagement and constructive approach to the Bill during its passage through this House. The excellent review carried out by your Lordships was reflected in its broad acceptance in the other place. As a result, the Government were required to make only minimal amendments, including minor technical amendments. I...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Motorways: Safety Measures ( 8 May 2024)

Lord Davies of Gower: Smart motorways operate using a range of safety systems and are designed not to be reliant on one single piece of roadside technology for safe operation. National Highways has worked hard to deliver a significant improvement in the performance of stopped vehicle detection (SVD), with all schemes now meeting performance requirements. In their annual safety report published in December 2023,...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Motorcycles: Driving Licences ( 8 May 2024)

Lord Davies of Gower: In December 2023, officials met with motorcycle stakeholder representatives to listen to and discuss various motorcycle initiatives including ideas for reform. Discussions continue, and a roundtable with Ministerial attendance is scheduled for the 8th of May.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Motorcycles: Licensing ( 8 May 2024)

Lord Davies of Gower: The Government has collected robust evidence on the use of different regulatory regimes, including licensing, to support the previously announced Low-speed Zero Emission Vehicle category. Any assessment of evidence would be published as part of a consultation on regulations before they come into force and will be brought forward when parliamentary time allows. The Government has made no...


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