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Lorely Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has to encourage local authorities to reduce energy consumption in relation to street lighting. [121114]

Dr. Ladyman: Provision of street lighting on local roads in England is a matter for individual local highway authorities, who decide on the service level to provide based upon their own local circumstances.

The Department endorses “Well-lit Highways”, the code of practice on highway lighting management (December 2004, TSO) published by the UK Lighting Board. The board, in conjunction with the Institution of Lighting Engineers, has also produced “Invest to Save”, which provides guidance to local authorities considering adopting energy saving measures such as dimming or mid-night switching-off of lights. The effects of reducing lighting levels or turning lights off will vary from case-to-case. Any financial or environmental savings from reduced energy use would have to be balanced against potential adverse effects, for example on accidents or crime.

Roads: Snow and Ice

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) snow-ploughs and (b) salt-spreading vehicles are available for clearing roads in Lancashire. [121216]

Dr. Ladyman: The provision of winter service equipment for non trunk roads in Lancashire is the responsibility
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of the county council, and the information requested, in relation to those roads, is not held centrally. The Department endorses “Well-maintained Highways”, the code of practice for highways maintenance (TSO, July 2005), published by the UK Roads Board. This encourages local highway authorities to develop a winter service operational plan, and to ensure that resources are available to deliver it.

The Highways Agency manages the trunk roads in Lancashire. The Agency has 48 salt-spreaders, all of which are fitted with snow ploughs, available for use in Lancashire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, and Merseyside.

Roads: Suffolk

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many road traffic accidents occurred on the A14 in Suffolk in each year since 1997, broken down by the day of the week on which the accident occurred; [119933]

(2) how many road traffic accidents occurred in Suffolk in each year since 1997, broken down by the day of the week on which the accident occurred. [119934]

Dr. Ladyman: The number of reported personal injury road accidents on the A14 in Suffolk and in the county of Suffolk in each year from 1997 to 2005 is given in the following tables.

Number of road accidents, by day of the week on the A14 in Suffolk, 1997- 2005
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

1997

16

19

22

15

16

20

20

1998

18

16

20

11

22

18

18

1999

22

20

17

14

17

16

16

2000

19

27

24

28

14

15

11

2001

17

17

22

23

21

22

16

2002

26

28

20

20

27

21

15

2003

22

22

23

23

14

11

13

2004

17

20

25

23

21

20

17

2005

18

23

33

16

28

15

17


Number of road accidents, by day of the week: Suffolk, 1997- 2005
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

1997

308

328

357

323

385

295

228

1998

328

337

331

310

374

330

241

1999

339

340

327

327

362

314

289

2000

309

319

334

355

427

327

241

2001

382

348

338

328

386

332

242

2002

335

328

314

375

380

321

247

2003

356

343

308

356

393

298

287

2004

289

310

349

374

353

301

244

2005

337

319

361

325

377

283

235


Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many road traffic (a) accidents and (b) fatalities occurred on the A14 in Suffolk between the hours of 8pm and 8am in each year since 1997; [119935]

(2) how many road traffic (a) accidents and (b) fatalities occurred in Suffolk between the hours of 8pm and 8am in each year since 1997. [119936]

Dr. Ladyman: The number of reported personal injury road accidents and the resulting fatalities on the A14 in Suffolk and the county of Suffolk between the
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hours of 8 pm and 8 am in each year from 1997-2005 is given in the following tables.

Number of road accidents and fatalities on the A14 in Suffolk between the hours of 8 pm and 8 am: 1997-2005
Accidents Fatalities

1997

29

3

1998

23

1

1999

26

1

2000

33

4

2001

39

5

2002

50

3

2003

36

1

2004

37

3

2005

42

2


Number of road accidents and fatalities in Suffolk between the hours of 8 pm and 8 am: 1997-2005
Accidents Fatalities

1997

519

15

1998

526

4

1999

518

22

2000

502

21

2001

553

18

2002

543

19

2003

566

20

2004

518

16

2005

530

19


Taxis

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received on (a) increased regulation of private hire vehicles and (b) restrictions on their use of bus lanes. [121009]

Gillian Merron: Central Government is responsible for the legislative framework for the regulation of private hire vehicles (PHVs), though individual local licensing authorities have discretion over the detailed rules and standards which apply in each local area. Following consultation last year, we have produced best practice guidance to assist local authorities in this regard (this guidance is on the Department’s website). From time to time we receive representations either about decisions made locally or suggesting changes to the relevant legislation.

During the passage of the Road Safety Bill last year, we received a range of comments on our decisions to repeal what is known as the ‘contract exemption’ from the PHV licensing requirement and to introduce a power for local licensing authorities to be able to immediately suspend or revoke a taxi or PHV driver’s licence if they consider this necessary in the interests of public safety. Subsequently, in response to a consultation with stakeholders, we received a number of views on the timing of the coming into force of contract exemption repeal.

We have received a small number of representations about restrictions on PHVs using bus lanes, including the M4 bus lane. Any decision to allow PHVs to use bus lanes on local roads outside London falls to the local highway authority. Within London, TfL have responsibility for decisions on the issue.


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