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Consultations Documents

HAVE YOUR SAY - CONSULTATION DOCUMENTS 

 

 

12. NEW CONSULTATION - Union connectivity review: call for evidence

 

This consultation closes at
4pm on 30 December 2020

 

Summary

Invites responses to an independent review, led by Sir Peter Hendy, on how transport can support economic growth and quality of life across the UK.

Consultation description

On 30 June 2020, the Prime Minister announced an independent review, led by Sir Peter Hendy, of how the quality and availability of transport infrastructure across the UK can support economic growth and quality of life across the whole of the UK.

This union connectivity review will provide independent advice to the UK government.

The terms of reference were published on 3 October 2020.

The government has asked Sir Peter to consult widely, and this call for evidence seeks views and responses from:

  • industry
  • academics
  • local authorities
  • engineering experts
  • the general public

further information:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/union-connectivity-review-call-for-evidence?utm_source=8abcd2a4-8e55-40f1-904d-f1b7e1a634f6&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=daily

 

11.  NEW CONSULTATION:

Consultation on next steps for more environmentally friendly haulage

Government launches 2 consultations following successful trial of longer semi-trailers, which have been shown to cut emissions and boost haulier productivity.

  • government launches consultation on introducing longer goods vehicles permanently to Britain’s roads
  • trial shows longer semi-trailers (LSTs) reduce haulage miles, emissions and accidents
  • consultation on next steps forms part of wider plans by government to decarbonise transport while supporting a green recovery

Longer goods vehicles that increase productivity and reduce haulier emission levels could become a permanent fixture on Britain’s roads as the government today (Monday 9 November 2020) launches a consultation into their future.

Longer than conventional heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) but not heavier, LSTs can carry 3 more rows of supermarket goods cages on each journey compared with existing trailers.

A trial of LSTs that has been underway for the past 7 years has shown that they’ve saved lorry drivers travelling millions of miles – cutting emissions and boosting productivity. In the past year alone, the 2,600 vehicles involved in the trial have saved lorry drivers 33.5 million miles and 48,000 tonnes of CO2 – equivalent to taking over 20,000 cars off the road. The results also show the trailers were involved in fewer personal injury collisions compared with standard size HGVs.

Off the back of these positive results, the government has proposed to end the trials early and, through today’s consultation, seek views on whether LSTs should be allowed to permanently operate on roads across the UK.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/consultation-on-next-steps-for-more-environmentally-friendly-haulage?utm_source=232c3826-c1a0-426d-b870-66f77fd9cae1&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=daily

 

 

10.  NEW CONSULTATION:

Expanding the offence of using a hand-held mobile phone while driving to include non-connected mobile application actions

 

Consultation proposing:

  • broadening the offence of using a hand-held mobile phone while driving so that it captures standalone mode functions as well as the existing interactive communication functions
  • to introduce a new exemption to the using a hand-held mobile phone while driving offence to allow drivers to make contactless payments using a mobile phone at appropriate locations, for example at drive through food outlets

These changes, if implemented, will need to be reflected in The Highway Code, and the consultation document includes the suggested revised wording.

This is an open consultation closing at 11:59pm on 17 January 2021

Further information:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/expanding-the-offence-of-using-a-hand-held-mobile-phone-while-driving-to-include-non-connected-mobile-application-actions?utm_source=05f45bfc-eb4d-4c39-adde-157467d95e5a&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=daily

 

9.  CONSULTATION - closed

Enforcing Operation Brock plans in 2021

Published 3 August 2020

From: Department for Transport

Summary

Proposes legislative amendments for enforcing traffic management plans for outbound heavy commercial vehicles in Kent after the EU transition period.

This consultation closes at - 11:59pm on 23 August 2020

Consultation description

After the EU transition period ends, the EU will impose new controls on goods arriving from Great Britain potentially causing disruption to heavy commercial vehicles (HCV) traffic moving through the Port of Dover, Eurotunnel and the Short Straits Channel crossing.

in 2019, when facing a similar problem and with help of Kent Resilience Forum we implemented Operation Brock to manage HCV traffic and deal with any potential disruptions which was supported by 3 statutory instruments.

As this may occur again at the end of the 2020 EU transition period we are proposing:

  • extending the sunset clauses in the SIs to end of October 2021
  • updating road layouts to reflect potential changes to the Operation Brock plans
  • alter border readiness plans so checks are completed with an online system, called the Smart Freight Service, and take place outside Kent

We are additionally suggesting extra options for supporting HCV traffic management in Kent.

Documents:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/enforcing-operation-brock-plans-in-2021

8.  CONSULTATION - closed 

Open consultation

Review of The Highway Code to improve road safety for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders

Summary

Proposes amending The Highway Code to introduce a hierarchy of road users, clarify pedestrian and cyclist priority, establish safer overtaking.

This consultation closes at 11:59pm on 27 October 2020

Consultation description

Consultation seeking views on proposed changes to The Highway Code to improve safety for vulnerable road users, particularly the groups of:

  • cyclists
  • pedestrians
  • horse riders

The main alterations to the code being proposed are:

  • introducing a hierarchy of road users which ensures that those road users who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger or threat they may pose to others
  • clarifying existing rules on pedestrian priority on pavements, to advise that drivers and riders should give way to pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross the road,
  • providing guidance on cyclist priority at junctions to advise drivers to give priority to cyclists at junctions when travelling straight ahead
  • establishing guidance on safe passing distances and speeds when overtaking cyclists and horse riders

Respond on line or complete a response form.

Further information:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/review-of-the-highway-code-to-improve-road-safety-for-cyclists-pedestrians-and-horse-riders?utm_source=b9bd57d7-6a5c-4c50-9688-dbfaa997cf36&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

7.  CONSULTATION - closed

Open consultation

Increasing the renewable transport fuel obligation buy-out price for biofuels suppliers

Summary

Proposes increasing the renewable transport fuel obligation (RTFO) buy-out price for fuels suppliers in order to continue greenhouse gas savings.

This consultation closes at

11:59pm on 11 August 2020

Consultation description

Suggests increasing the RTFO buy-out price for fuel suppliers and to ensure the continued greenhouse gas savings through biofuels.

Recent increases in the cost of biofuels relative to petrol and diesel mean that there is a greater risk that suppliers may ‘buy-out’ of their obligations to supply renewable transport fuel.

This would result in lost greenhouse gas savings plus impacts on the UK biofuels industry.

To combat this threat, we propose increasing the RTFO buy-out price to ensure the continued supply of biofuels and other renewable fuels.

Response form returned by email

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/increasing-the-renewable-transport-fuel-obligation-buy-out-price-for-biofuels-suppliers?utm_source=b2014114-28b4-4bda-892e-66a7c0b32f9d&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

6.  CONSULTATION - closed - 

Roads policing review: future methods to improve safety and reduce

                                       causalities

This consultation closes at 11:59pm on 5 October 2020

Consultation description

We are reviewing existing roads policing to:

  • identify which current methods are most effective
  • understand how the capability and capacity of enforcement services can be enhanced to improve safety and reduce future casualties on roads

As part of the review we are exploring how:

  • we can better use intelligence to target dangerous behaviours
  • technology can assist in enforcing road traffic law now and in the future
  • to better understand the value of enforcement in influencing road user behaviour

Since 2010, we have seen a plateauing in the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads after years of steadily declining numbers and have instituted this review to combat that situation.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/roads-policing-review-future-methods-to-improve-safety-and-reduce-causalities?utm_source=a436d28c-d26a-4736-a3e8-d37041d88a34&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

5. CONSULTATION - closed - 

Regulating CO2 emission standards for new cars and vans after transition

Consultation closes at 11:59pm on 21 August 2020

Consultation description

There are plans for a CO2 emissions regulatory scheme for new cars and vans registered in the UK after the EU transition period ends.

We seek views on suggested:

  • implementation plans
  • operational procedures

The scheme will be implemented after the transition period ends on 31 December 2020. It aims to ensure continuity to the regulation of CO2 emissions from new cars and vans when they are first registered in the UK.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/regulating-co2-emission-standards-for-new-cars-and-vans-after-transition?utm_source=63f33d3e-b0c8-4b1e-9640-f6ea4e0d9077&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

4.  CONSULATION - closed - 

Regulating CO2 emission standards for new heavy-duty vehicles after transition

Consultation closes at 11:59pm on 21 August 2020

Consultation description

There are plans for a CO2 emissions regulatory scheme for new heavy-duty vehicles registered in the UK after the EU transition period ends.

We seek views on suggested:

  • implementation plans
  • operational procedures

The scheme will be implemented after the transition period ends on 31 December 2020. It aims to ensure continuity to the regulation of CO2 emissions from new heavy-duty vehicles when they are first registered in the UK.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/regulating-co2-emission-standards-for-new-heavy-duty-vehicles-after-transition?utm_source=e72904af-b057-4024-a700-f1b21f71f5ed&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

 

 

3.   consultation closed - CONSULTATION - Future of transport regulatory review: call for evidence on micromobility vehicles, flexible bus services and mobility as a service

Consultation description

​Call for evidence asking for information and views on 3 areas of the ‘Future of transport regulatory review’. The 3 areas are:

  • micromobility vehicles
  • flexible bus services
  • mobility as a service (MaaS)

This call for evidence asks:

  • whether certain micromobility vehicles (such as electric scooters) should be permitted on the road, and if so what vehicle and user requirements would be appropriate.
  • how effective existing rules are around flexible bus services, and which other areas of the bus, taxi and private hire vehicle framework should be considered in this review.
  • what the opportunities and risks of MaaS platforms might be, and what role central and local governments should play in their development.

The ‘Future of transport regulatory review’ was first announced in March 2019 as part of the Future of mobility: urban strategy.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/future-of-transport-regulatory-review-call-for-evidence-on-micromobility-vehicles-flexible-bus-services-and-mobility-as-a-service?utm_source=ab633d25-e55d-4189-81fd-bff15ee20676&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

 

2.  consultation closed - Consultation proposing on introducing E10 petrol for UK vehicles.

Proposals on how to introduce E10 petrol for vehicle use throughout in the UK.

This consultation closes at  11:45pm on 3 May 2020

Consultation proposing on introducing E10 petrol for UK vehicles.

Unleaded petrol currently contains up to 5% bioethanol, a grade known as E5, whereas E10 petrol contains up to 10% bioethanol and is not currently available.

This consultation is:

  • proposing introducing E10 petrol as the 95 octane “Premium” grade
  • proposing ensuring the ongoing availability of E5 petrol in the higher octane “Super” grade only
  • proposing amending the mandatory labelling of E10 petrol
  • launching a call for evidence on future transport biofuels policy

Introducing E10 petrol:

  • will reduce CO2 emissions from petrol vehicles
  • could help the UK meet emissions reductions targets

This consultation is a result of suggested actions from the E10 and consumer protection government response

This consultation follows our 2018 call for evidence into whether and how E10 could be introduced in the UK.

Published 4 March 2020

Last updated 27 March 2020 — see all updates

From: Department for Transport

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/introducing-e10-petrol?utm_source=ea7c3b93-bad1-40c3-9a66-3d6af674441f&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

 

1.  consultation closed - Older tyre ban in bid to improve road safety

The consultation follows the 'Tyred' campaign by Francis Molloy, whose son Michael died in a coach crash caused by a 19 year old tyre in 2012.

The consulation launched on 23 June runs for 10 weeks closing on 1st September 2019 at 11:45pm.  The consultation asks whether older tyres should be banned on buses, coaches, lorries and minibuses as well as whether the ban should be extended to taxis and private hire vehicles.

DVSA have already advised bus operators not to use older at the front of their vehicles and the Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness has been updated to reflect the advice that older tyres should not be used on the front axles of heavy goods vehicles as well as buses and coaches.

Consultation available on the link:

DfT - On a proposed ban on tyres aged 10 years and older from heavy goods vehicles, heavy trailers, buses, coaches and minibuses.