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Content published before December 2016

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

11.11.2016Road fuel prices: Social Indicators page
UK petrol and diesel price trends and cross EU price comparisons
10.11.2016Passenger transport in Great Britain: Social Indicators page
Transport by cars, vans and taxis constituted 83% of the total distance travelled by passengers in 2014.
10.11.2016Road traffic in Great Britain: Social Indicators page
Trends since 1950 in road traffic in Great Britain.
10.11.2016Road accident casualties in Great Britain: Social Indicators page
A summary of reported road accident casualty statistics.
08.11.2016Driving and mobile phones
This short paper briefly summarises the introduction of a new offence in 2003 for driving whilst using a hand-held mobile phone or similar device, changes made to the penalties since then, future plans for further changes, and how effective the offence has been. It also sets out charging policy in this general area and briefly addresses the question of using a mobile phone while cycling.
23.08.2016Local transport in England, 2010-
This paper explains how local transport governance is structured in England and what funding is available. It also looks at the broader question of transport devolution and how the devolved landscape might look in the future.
12.08.2016Assistance dogs: issues
Assistance and guide dog owners can face discrimination when seeking to use services such as taxis and restaurants. This is prohibited by the Equality Act 2010. There have been calls for more action to tackle the issue.
10.08.2016Taxi and private hire vehicle licensing in England & Wales
This paper sets out the licensing arrangements for taxis and private hire vehicles and their drivers and the enforcement of those licences. It also looks at some of the issues currently of concern to the industry and licensing authorities.
09.08.2016Blue Badges and parking for disabled people in England
This paper is chiefly concerned with the Blue Badge scheme; it also includes information on the provision of parking bays and on off-street parking for disabled people. The Blue Badge scheme is a devolved matter so this paper deals largely with England.
26.07.2016Transport in Scotland
This paper gives an overview of those transport areas that are reserved to the UK Parliament and those which are devolved to Scotland, including most recently by the Scotland Act 2016.

Lords Library Notes

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.


18.10.2016Creating age-friendly cities
This POSTnote examines how housing, outdoor spaces and transport can be made more age-friendly. It also highlights challenges for designing and delivering age-friendly cities.
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.

Select Committee Reports

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

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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...


  • 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