Labour Promise to Enact Steve's Bill(March 06, 2015)
Walton MP Steve Rotheram has reacted to the news that Labour's Transport Secretary Michael Dugher has confirmed he will introduce legislation that bans tyres over the age of 10-years on all buses and coaches in the UK when Labour are elected.
The announcement marks the end of 18 months of diligent campaigning by Merseyside mum, Frances Molloy, who lost her son Michael in a coach crash on the A3 in September 2012.
Together, Mrs Molloy and Steve Rotheram have persuaded business and industry experts to support their proposals. They drafted and tabled a Bill which has passed through the House of Commons and is currently awaiting Second Reading, and Steve travelled to Brussels to meet with MEPs and the EU Commission to secure support from European partners.
Speaking after Mr Dugher's announcement, Steve explained, "This demonstrates how politics can make a real difference in people's lives. Frances Molloy has worked tirelessly on behalf of her son to ensure no parent suffers the same heartache she did. I'm delighted the Labour Party has listened and agreed to adopt my proposals which are fair on business and will demonstrably increase passenger safety. This is a big moment for road safety in Britain and it wouldn't have happened had it not been for Frances and her brilliant campaign".
Frances Molloy earlier tweeted to Mr Rotheram, 'Thank you, thank you, thank you'.