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PE01098: School Bus Safety

Transport

Petitioner: Lynn Merrifield on behalf of Kingseat Community Council

Status:
Closed

Date Lodged: 09 November 2007

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to make provision for every school bus to be installed with three point seatbelts for every school child passenger and to ensure that, as part of a local authority’s consideration of ‘Best Value’ in relation to the provision of school buses, proper regard is given to the safety needs of the children.

Petition History:

Summary:

18 December 2007: The Committee agreed to seek responses to the issues raised in the petition from the Scottish Government, UK Department for Transport, Fife Council, Moray Council, COSLA, Road Safety Scotland, Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. Link to Official Report 18 December 2007 (301KB pdf)

18 March 2008: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government to clarify what consideration and bearing the decision of Moray Council to provide seat belts on all its school buses will have and what encouragement it will give other local authorities to follow that Council and whether and how it will take forward the suggestion of Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People for a Children’s Rights Impact Assessment of seat belts in school buses. It also agreed to write to COSLA to determine what level of discussion has taken place around the issues raised in the petition. Link to Official Report 18 March 2008 (299KB pdf)

7 October 2008: The Committee reaffirmed the merit of this petition and agreed to write to the Scottish Government seeking a response to the specific points raised during the meeting. Link to Official Report 7 October 2008 (330KB pdf)

10 February 2009: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government seeking a response to the specific points raised during the meeting. The Committee also agreed to invite the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change to appear before the Committee at a future meeting to answer questions on this issue and on the related petition PE1223. Link to Official Report 10 February 2009 (314KB pdf)

30 March 2009: The Committee took oral evidence from Stewart Stevenson MSP, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure & Climate Change. Link to Official Report 30 March 2009 (334KB pdf)

16 June 2009: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government seeking a further response to specific points. Link to Official Report 16 June 2009 (259KB pdf)

3 November 2009: The Committee agreed to take consideration of both petitions forward through a round table discussion at a future meeting. Link to Official Report 3 November 2009 (238KB pdf)

15 December 2009: The Committee took evidence from Malcolm Bruce MP, Garth Goddard, Ewan Wallace, Josh Kane MSYP and Ron Beaty and agreed to write to the Scottish Government and the Department for Transport seeking responses to issues raised during the discussion. Link to Official Report 15 December 2009 (250KB pdf)

15 March 2010: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government seeking a response to specific points.

15 June 2010: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, Society of Chief Officers of Transportation Road Safety and Working Group, the Department for Transport, Strathclyde Police Force and Cumbria Police Force seeking a response to specific points. It also agreed to invite the Clerk to prepare and submit a paper on the future consideration of both petitions. Link to Official Report 15 June 2010 (353KB pdf)

29 June 2010: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport in the Department for Transport, the Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police and the Chief Constable of Cumbria Constabulary to invite them to give evidence at its meeting on 26 October. Link to Official Report 29 June 2010 (451KB pdf)

26 October 2010: The Committee took evidence from Mike Penning MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Transport; Stewart Stevenson MSP, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change, Scottish Government; Chief Superintendent Charlie Common, Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland and Chief Constable Mick Giannasi, Association of Chief Police Officers, and agreed to write to the Scottish Government, Department for Transport, Association of Chief Police Officers and the Welsh Assembly Government seeking responses to specific points. Link to Official Report 26 October 2010 (605KB pdf)

25 January 2011: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government and Aberdeenshire Council seeking a response to specific points. Link to Official Report 25 January 2011 (597KB pdf)

22 February 2011: The Committee agreed to invite the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure to give oral evidence at its meeting on 8 March 2011. Link to Official Report 22 February 2011 (440KB pdf)

8 March 2011: The Committee took evidence from Keith Brown MSP, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure; Jill Mulholland and Ian Robertson, Road Safety Team, Scottish Government. The Committee agreed to invite, in its legacy paper, the Session 4 Public Petitions Committee to give further consideration to these petitions. Link to Official Report 8 March 2011 (602KB pdf)

28 June 2011: The Committee took evidence from Keith Brown MSP, Minister for Housing and Transport; Michelle Campbell, Road Safety Policy and Communications Manager; and Ian Robertson, Road Safety Policy Officer, Transport Scotland and agreed to continue the petition and write to the Scottish Government seeking futher information on specific issues. Link to Official Report 28 June 2011 (512KB pdf)

4 October 2011: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government and the Department for Transport seeking responses to specific points. Link to Official Report 4 October 2011 (472KB pdf)

13 December 2011: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. Link to Official Report 13 December 2011 (470KB pdf)

20 March 2012: The Committee agreed to write to Transport Scotland, COSLA, the Scottish Government and the UK Government. Link to Official Report 20 March 2012 (429KB pdf)

12 June 2012: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. Link to Official Report 12 June 2012 (382KB pdf)

18 September 2012: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. Link to Official Report 18 September 2012 (450KB pdf)

27 November 2012: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. Link to Official Report 27 November 2012 (438KB pdf)

30 April 2013: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. Link to Official Report 30 April 2013 (484KB pdf)

17 September 2013: The Committee agreed to invite the Minister for Transport and Veterans to give evidence at a future meeting. Link to Official Report 17 September 2013 (597KB pdf)

12 November 2013: The Committee took evidence from Keith Brown, Minister for Transport and Veterans, and Graham Thomson, Transport Accessibility and Road Safety Team Leader, Transport Scotland, Scottish Government. The Committee agreed to defer consideration of the petitions until the new year and seek an update from the Scottish Government at that stage. The Committee also agreed to write to the UK Government. Link to Official Report 12 November 2013 (538KB pdf)

4 March 2014: The Committee agreed to write to the Welsh Government and the Scottish Government. The Committee also agreed to invite the Minister for Transport and Veterans and the UK Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport to give evidence at a future meeting. Link to Official Report 4 March 2014 (403KB pdf)

22 April 2014: The Committee agreed to postpone its proposed evidence session on the progress of the Section 30 (2) Order. In relation to petition PE1098, the Committee agreed to write to the Minister for Transport and Veterans. In relation to petition PE1223, the Committee agreed to write to Transport Scotland. Link to Official Report 22 April 2014 (430KB pdf)

5 August 2014: In relation to petition PE1098, the Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. In relation to petition PE1223, the Committee agreed to write to COSLA, the Association of Transport Coordinating Officers Scotland and the Welsh Government. Link to Official Report 5 August 2014 (399KB pdf)

11 November 2014: In relation to petition PE1098, the Committee agreed to defer further consideration of the petition until early 2015 and seek an update from the Scottish Government on the progress of the devolution of powers relating to seatbelt provision at that stage. Link to Official Report 11 November 2014

12 May 2015: The Committee agreed to close the petition, under Rule 15.7, on the basis that the relevant Orders to devolve the powers have now been approved by both the Scottish and UK Parliaments and the Scottish Government has expressed its intention to bring forward the necessary legislation following the 2016 election. Link to Official Report 12 May 2015

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