Tyre Ageing Roundtable(November 05, 2014)
Walton MP Steve Rotheram is to host a roundtable discussion in parliament this afternoon with Frances Molloy, mother of Michael Molloy, who was killed in the Bestival coach crash.
Steve has convened a meeting with some of the motor industry’s top bosses to discuss the campaign to introduce limits on the age of tyres used on buses and coaches.
Amongst the guests will be First Buses, Transport for London and the British Tyre Manufacturers Association and other industry groups and associations. Mrs Molloy will make a presentation outlining her demands for the Government to act on the issue.
Steve explained, “This is the next step in the campaign. I introduced a Bill in Parliament which outlined the case for legislation, now we will scrutinise the merits of it with industry experts and make any amendments necessary based on the discussions and feedback. It will also be an opportunity for Frances to address key decision-makers in parliament and make the case on behalf of her son Michael.
“I hope that the discussions give our campaign a real impetus as we prepare to head over to Brussels to meet with members of the European Parliament to discuss this issue later in the month”.
Steve had extended an invite to Ministers at the Department for Transport, but Secretary of State Patrick McLoughlin declined the opportunity to address the meeting or send a deputy in his place. Labour’s shadow Transport Minister Richard Burden MP will attend.