The Department for Transport has published a list of over 400 road transport regulations on the government’s ‘Red Tape Challenge’ website, described as being “aimed at reducing bureaucracy”. The consultation runs for four weeks. The government has pledged to scrap as many regulations as possible as a result of the challenge.
Maria Eagle MP, Labour's Shadow Transport Secretary, said in response to the launch of the Tory-led Government’s ‘Red Tape Challenge’ on road transport regulations:
“The Tory-led Government is wrong to consider scrapping vital regulations that improve safety on Britain’s roads. It is madness to describe speed limits, maximum hours for driving HGVs and compulsory motorbike helmets as red tape.
“It’s increasingly clear that the Transport Secretary has a reckless attitude to road safety. Not only does he see vital road safety rules as red tape but he has axed road safety funding and abandoned targets that were reducing deaths and injuries on Britain’s roads. This comes on top of the cuts to frontline police officers needed to tackle traffic offences.
“Thanks to the measures Labour took in government, the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads fell by 17,000 in the past decade. It’s unacceptable to now put the lives of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians at risk by ideologically slashing vital safety regulations.”