Sue Hayman Written Questions

Questions to Department for Transport tabled by Sue Hayman


Date Title Questioner
31 Jan 2019, 1:12 p.m. Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps Highways England is taking to reduce levels of nitrogen dioxide on the strategic road network which exceed statutory limits.

Answer (Jesse Norman)

Highways England are supporting the uptake of electric vehicles by working to ensure that 95 per cent of the strategic road network will have a chargepoint every 20 miles.

Highways England have also been exploring and testing a range of measures and innovative products as part of their programme of air quality research. They have evidence that tall barriers can reduce concentrations of NO2 for the residents closest nearby, and they are progressing with work to see how these could be installed on the network. This work is underpinned by their £100m Air Quality Designated Fund.

31 Jan 2019, 9:02 a.m. Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has in place to ensure that Highways England takes steps to reduce levels of nitrogen dioxide on the strategic road network which exceed statutory limits.

Answer (Jesse Norman)

The Government’s plans are set out in the 2017 Air Quality Strategy and Highways England are working to deliver compliance with air quality limits in the shortest possible time. Specifically, Highways England are taking a number of steps to improve air quality on the roads they manage and are working with local authorities to reduce NO2 on their roads. This activity is supported by the £100m Air Quality Designated Fund.

7 Mar 2018, 11:30 a.m. Bus Services: Concessions Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits extending the eligibility for the older person's bus pass to 60 year olds in England.

Answer (Ms Nusrat Ghani)

There have been no assessments on extending the statutory scheme for older person’s bus passes to all 60-year olds in England. Government is committed to retaining the current benefit which means ensuring its financial sustainability. The process of equalising the difference in the age of eligibility between men and women will go some way to support this.

However, local authorities have powers to provide enhancements to the statutory scheme should they wish to put these in place based on their assessments of local funding priorities and resources.