Roads

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on roads. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

DateDescription
14.01.2016Oil Prices
This Commons briefing paper sets out a review of oil price trends and an outlook for oil prices to 2040.
10.12.2015Passenger transport: Social indicators page
Transport by cars, vans and taxis constituted 83% of the total distance travelled by passengers in 2013.
07.12.2015Serious driving offences
This paper provides a general overview of charging and sentencing policy and successive governments' approaches to serious driving offences, including careless and dangerous driving, and causing serious injury or death thereby.
26.11.2015Immigration Bill 2015-16: Committee Stage Report
The Immigration Bill is due to have Report and Third Reading in the Commons on 1 December. This briefing summarises the main changes made to the Bill in Public Bill Committee and some of the new clauses proposed for consideration at Report stage.
16.11.2015Social Indicators 2015
This Research Paper summarises a wide range of social statistics. Subjects covered include agriculture, crime, defence, education, elections, environment and energy, health, housing, local government, population and migration, social security and transport.
16.11.2015Road fuel prices: Social Indicators page
UK pretrol and diesel price trends and cross EU price comparisons
12.11.2015Road accident casualties: Social Indicators page
A summary of reported road accident casualty statistics.
12.11.2015Road traffic: Social Indicators page
Trends since 1950 of road traffic in Great Britain.
09.11.2015Pavement and on-street parking in England
This paper outlines the general legal position on what is colloquially called 'pavement parking' (parking at the side of the road) and the measures available to the police and local authorities to tackle it.
03.11.2015Transport in Wales
This note gives an overview of those transport areas that are reserved to the UK Parliament; those which are devolved to Wales and proposals in the Draft Wales Bill to devolve further powers.

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
03.07.2014Deregulation Bill (HL Bill 33 of 2014-15)
The Deregulation Bill is a wide-ranging bill that is intended to remove or reduce regulatory burdens on businesses, civil society, individuals, public sector bodies and the taxpayer across a number of policy areas including: general and specific areas of business, companies and insolvency, the use of land, housing, transport, communications, the environment, education and training, entertainment, public authorities and the administration of justice.
13.06.2014Infrastructure Bill [HL] (HL Bill 2 of 2014-15)
The Infrastructure Bill makes provision for the Government's proposals to fund, plan, manage and maintain the UK's national infrastructure.

POSTnotes

DateDescription
05.06.2015Trends in Transport
Transport is a key driver of economic growth. It links people to their workplaces and connects businesses. It also affects health, the environment and societal wellbeing. This POSTnote looks at why transport is changing, outlines current trends across and within transport sectors and considers the planning of transport networks.
14.04.2015Energy Storage
The Government lists energy storage as one of eight great technologies in which the UK can become a global leader. This briefing outlines the roles of energy storage in the electricity, heat and transport sectors and describes the technologies used from the household level up. It also discusses current barriers and policies for energy storage and potential future uptake.
08.08.2014Big and Open Data in Transport
This POSTnote examines key factors affecting the growth of big data in transport and current and future applications, focusing on road and public transport. It also explores challenges to opening up, collecting, disseminating and using big data, and to sharing data whilst protecting users' privacy.
01.10.2010Electric vehicles
This POSTnote focuses on the extent to which EVs could reduce carbon emissions and examines issues that would surround widespread uptake.
01.01.2009Intelligent transport systems, January 2009
This POSTnote outlines current and future applications of ITS in road transport, as well as technical, behavioural and economic limitations to their deployment.
01.08.2007Transport biofuels, August 2007
Transport biofuels, August 2007. POSTnote 07/293.

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
03.05.2011Transport and the economy.
Government response. Transport Select Committee report [Commons]
26.04.2011Keeping the UK moving: the impact on transport of the winter weather in December 2010.
Transport Select Committee report [Commons]
21.03.2011Drink and drug driving law.
Government response. Department for Transport report [Commons]
01.03.2011The cost of motor insurance.
Transport Select Committee report [Commons]
01.03.2011Severn crossings toll.
Welsh Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
07.02.2012DRIVING LICENCES AND DANGEROUS OR CARELESS DRIVING
That this House notes that the law currently allows those charged with serious driving offences, including death by dangerous or careless driving, to continue driving until sentencing, ...
07.02.2012FORTH RAIL BRIDGE GOLD BLUE PETER BADGE
That this House welcomes the award of the iconic Gold Blue Peter Badge to the Forth Rail Bridge; notes that the Bridge is the first manmade structure to receive the accolade; further ...
30.11.2011SAVING LIVES CAMPAIGN
That this House welcomes the Saving Lives Campaign ... Drive Safely Because i-Count launched by the charity Kids Count and other associated bodies; notes that the campaign draws attention ...
30.11.2011SCHOOL CROSSING PATROLS IN MANCHESTER
That this House opposes the decision of Manchester City Council to axe some school crossing patrols and to try to pass on the cost of remaining patrols to local schools; notes the impact ...
28.11.2011FUEL PRICES ON MOTORWAYS
That this House believes that fuel prices on motorways are too high; notes that a recent survey by WhatCar? found that fuel prices on motorways are up to 7.4 per cent. higher than the ...

Glossary

  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses