Lords debates Transport Act 1985 regulations

21 May 2019

On Monday 20 May, members of the Lords discussed a regret motion against the Transport Act 1985 (Amendment) Regulations 2019.

The regret motion was proposed by Baroness Randerson (Liberal Democrat), Lords Liberal Democrat spokesperson for transport, on the grounds that the regulations:

  • were laid before the conclusion of the judicial review of the Department for Transport’s current position in respect of community transport
  • do not contain sufficient detail given the regulations' potential impact on community transport operators.

Following the debate on the floor of the House, Baroness Randerson said she was satisfied by commitments made by the government and so withdrew her regret motion.

If agreed to, the regret motion would not have stopped the regulations, but would have provided an opportunity for the House to put its concerns on record.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton (Conservative), parliamentary under-secretary in the Department for Transport, responded on behalf of the government.

How do these regulations become law?

These regulations are subject to the negative procedure for statutory instruments (SIs), meaning they would not normally be debated unless a member objects.

These regulations were laid before Parliament on 7 March 2019, and their provisions are expected to come into force on 1 October 2019.

Transport Act 1985 (Amendment) Regulations 2019 summary

These regulations aim to amend sections of the Transport Act 1985 (regarding the modification of public service vehicles) in order to clarify regulations made in 2009 by the European Parliament and the European Council on conditions to be met by those pursuing employment as a road transport operator.

Lords scrutiny

The House of Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee (SLSC) examines every SI. It publishes reports drawing members' attention to SIs.

SLSC Sub-Committee A published a report on 3 April which brought the Transport Act 1985 (Amendment) Regulations 2019 to the special attention of the House:

Further information

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