Matt Western MP has been recognised for his efforts to improve vehicle safety by being named Road Safety Parliamentarian of the Month for February.
The accolade, awarded by road safety charity Brake, and the Direct Line Group, recognises the efforts made by the MP for Warwick and Leamington to improve safety on the UK’s roads.
In the month of February, Matt Western has introduced a Parliamentary Bill which limits the driving hours worked by local bus drivers – the ultimate goal being the prevention of driver fatigue which is a contributory factor in bus crashes.
British laws currently regulate hours worked by bus drivers on local routes of less than 50km, to 10 hours a day at the most, with no weekly or fortnightly limit, other than at least one period of 24 hours off duty in any two straight weeks.
This, however, is very different from EU law, which states bus and lorry drivers cannot drive more than 56 hours a week, or 90 hours in any two weeks in succession.
The Bill brought to Parliament by Matt Western seeks to bring laws for local bus drivers into line with long distance hours for bus and lorry drivers.
It is a continuation of the work up and down the country to decrease the risk of collisions that cause serious injuries or even worse; in London, Vision Zero is accelerating onwards, while Roads Minister Jesse Norman has also launched a consultation to ensure ageing tyres are not used on Britain’s roads.
This award shows the work other MPs are undertaking to eliminate dangers to safety, and Brake’s Director of Campaigns, Joshua Harris, said: “Brake is delighted to honour Matt’s commitment and efforts to making a tangible change for road safety in Britain.
“Matt’s campaign to prevent bus crashes caused by driver fatigue is fully deserving of our road safety award.”