Agenda item

Merseyside Road Safety Partnership and Liverpool City Region Road Safety Strategy 2017-20

To consider a report of Merseytravel concerning the Merseyside Road Safety Partnership and Liverpool City Region Road Safety Strategy 2017-20.

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report from Sean Traynor (Head of Highways and Transportation, Knowsley MBC) and Rebecca Power (Merseyside Police) relating to an update to members on the progress made by the Merseyside Road Safety Partnership pursuant to casualty reduction in accordance with the vision set out in the Liverpool City Region Road Safety Strategy 2017-2020.

 

Members enquired about the smart pedestrian crossing designs and being able to see the “crossing lights” while crossing and the speed of the light change.

 

Sean Traynor informed the Committee that new traffic sign regulations were introduced in 2016 and there is no obligation to do things in a particular way. However, gold standard crossings are being adopted across the region.

 

Councillor John Stockton enquired about why Halton BC was being excluded from Road Safety Partnership meetings?

 

Sean Traynor informed the Committee that it was previously based upon the financial contributions between Cheshire and Merseyside, however, the issues have since been resolved and Halton BC are now invited to attend the Road Safety Partnership meetings.

 

Members enquired about reporting structures for cyclists relating to potholes on the roads and taxi drivers being in the media for drug use and suggested that the drug use could also be medication being used to stay awake and work longer hours.

 

Sean Traynor informed the Committee that the new website was recently launched and could facilitate any reports relating to near misses and potholes for both drivers and cyclists. He also stated that in relation to the taxi drivers, that although the figures are shocking relating to drug use, it is not prescribed medication. Collisions involving taxis have found that drivers were resorting to recreational drug use to extend working days and hours. He informed the Committee that initiatives were being looked at with licensing authorities and the police to do testing when issuing and renewing licences.

 

Members enquired if there was any information available about partnership working with schools and Local Authorities relating to road safety etc.

 

Sean Traynor informed the Committee that a strategy had been developed at Knowsley MBC and this would be shared with the Committee in due course.

 

Members commented about the national legislation relating to road safety and that there had been major breakthroughs to have legislation and enforcement relating to mobiles phones, seatbelts and drink-driving, however, more needed to be done to lobby the Government about helmets for cyclists and “close passing” when cycling.

 

 

Sean Traynor informed the Committee that the Road Safety Partnership was looking at endorsing a strategy and supporting national initiatives related to helmets and “close passing”.

 

The Chair stated that some examples should be taken from specific US States that had “close passing” and wearing of helmet laws and that some consideration should be given to creating local by-laws and lobbying Government for national legislation. He also commented that in relation to taxi drivers and drug use that there is a small minority doing this illegal practice and that a stronger approach was needed to randomly test bus, train and taxi drivers.

 

Sean Traynor informed the Committee that steps were being explored with local licensing authorities, but it needed to be a more City Region approach.

 

The Chair thanked Sean Traynor and Rebecca Power for the detailed report and for their attendance.

 

RESOLVED that the Transport Committee notes the contents of the report and the Action Plan Updates in Appendix 1.

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