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Written Question
Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Qualifications
8 Sep 2021

Questioner: Peter Grant (SNP - Glenrothes)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of covering the fees for Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) cards to help to alleviate the shortage of lorry drivers.

Answered by Rachel Maclean

The Department for Transport is working with the Department for Work and Pensions and Jobcentre Plus to support those returning to driving including with the renewal of their Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) where appropriate.


Written Question
Driving Licences: Foreign Nationals
8 Sep 2021

Questioner: Peter Grant (SNP - Glenrothes)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2021 to Question 145054 on Driving Licences: Foreign Nationals, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to further extend the 12-month period for which holders of foreign driving licences can drive in Great Britain using that licence.

Answered by Rachel Maclean

The Government does not intend to bring forward legislation to extend the period for which holders of foreign driving licences can drive in GB using that licence.


Written Question
Driving Licences: Internet
1 Mar 2021

Questioner: Peter Grant (SNP - Glenrothes)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to resolve the interface issues between the DVLA and Her Majesty’s Passport Office which is preventing driving licences being renewed online for applicants without a digital passport signature, as detailed in the DVLA's letter to the hon. member for Glenrothes of 17 February 2021.

Answered by Rachel Maclean

Since 2017, Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO) changed its processes so that the passport holder’s’ signature is no longer collected when a passport application is made. Where digital signatures are already held by HMPO, the customer will be able to continue with the online driving licence application process.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency is currently developing a new system which will allow customers to upload their own signatures. This is due to be launched later this year.


Written Question
Driving Licences: Foreign Nationals
2 Feb 2021

Questioner: Peter Grant (SNP - Glenrothes)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to extend the grace period for non-GB licence holders to allow them to continue to drive in the UK.

Answered by Rachel Maclean

There are no current plans to extend the 12-month period for which holders of foreign driving licences can drive in Great Britain using that licence. To continue driving after the 12-month period the driver must either exchange their licence, if it was issued by a country which has been designated for licence exchange purposes, or apply for a provisional driving licence and pass both a theory and practical driving test.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is looking at a range of measures to increase testing capacity once current restrictions are eased. Immediately, it is responding to requests for driving tests from organisations on behalf of frontline mobile emergency workers, who require a driving licence to carry out duties in their employment role. This is a limited service but extends to foreign licence holders if they meet the criteria and are nominated by eligible organisations.


Written Question
Roads: Safety
5 Sep 2019

Questioner: Peter Grant (SNP - Glenrothes)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he has made in reviewing guidance in the Highway Code to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians.

Answered by Chris Heaton-Harris

The Government’s response to the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) Safety Review was published in November 2018.

The CWIS Safety Review 50 point action plan, published alongside the Government’s response, sets the framework for consultation on more detailed proposals and a targeted programme of research over the next two years.

Three of these actions relate to the reviewing of guidance in The Highway Code to improve safety for cyclists, pedestrians and horse-riders. The Department is currently agreeing the scope and delivery of this review, which will be conducted in consultation with our stakeholders, according to the Department’s usual practice.


Written Question
Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions
20 Mar 2018

Questioner: Peter Grant (SNP - Glenrothes)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment the Government has made of the potential effect on kit car owners of the implementation of proposals on emissions in paragraph 4.11 of the consultation on Road vehicles: Improving air quality and safety.

Answered by Lord Johnson of Marylebone

The proposals would have no effect on the owners of kit cars that are already registered, as the new requirements apply only to newly constructed and unregistered vehicles. Full consideration is being given to the representations received from the public consultation.


Written Question
Department for Transport: Freedom of Information
10 Jul 2015

Questioner: Peter Grant (SNP - Glenrothes)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what instructions have been given to staff in his Department dealing with freedom of information requests on the application of Freedom of Information Act Awareness Guidance No. 19, issued by the Information Commissioner's Office, in considering whether to apply the exemptions in section 38 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Answered by Robert Goodwill

No guidance has been issued to staff on the application of Freedom of Information Act Awareness Guidance No.19, issued by the Information Commissioner's Office, about the application of section 38 of the Act. However, the Ministry of Justice has published its own guidance on the use of this exemption. This is available here: http://www.justice.gov.uk/information-access-rights/foi-guidance-for-practitioners/exemptions-guidance.


Written Question
Department for Transport: Freedom of Information
10 Jul 2015

Questioner: Peter Grant (SNP - Glenrothes)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on how many occasions his Department applied the exemption in section 38(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (disclosure likely to endanger the physical or mental health of any individual) in wholly or partly refusing a freedom of information request in each of the last five years.

Answered by Robert Goodwill

Statistics on the use of Freedom of Information exemptions are published by the Ministry of Justice (Table 10 of annual reports). They are available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/government-foi-statistics.

These statistics provide the number of times section 38 as a whole has been used by each government department. More detailed figures for the constituent parts of section 38 are not readily available because our systems are not designed to provide a more detailed breakdown than is required for the published statistics.


Written Question
Department for Transport: Freedom of Information
10 Jul 2015

Questioner: Peter Grant (SNP - Glenrothes)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on how many occasions his Department applied the exemption in section 38(1)(b) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (disclosure likely to endanger the safety of any individual) in wholly or partly refusing a freedom of information request in each of the last five years.

Answered by Robert Goodwill

Statistics on the use of Freedom of Information exemptions are published by the Ministry of Justice (Table 10 of annual reports). They are available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/government-foi-statistics.

These statistics provide the number of times section 38 as a whole has been used by each government department. More detailed figures for the constituent parts of section 38 are not readily available because our systems are not designed to provide a more detailed breakdown than is required for the published statistics.