I will do everything I can to support the campaign for new laws in Parliament that protect people using commercial transport by banning the use of old tyres on vehicles.
In September 2012 a coach carrying 53 people from the Bestival Festival on the Isle of Wight to Liverpool left the road and crashed into a tree instantly killing Michael Molly (18), Kerry Ogden (23) and the coach driver, Colin Daulby (63), as well as leaving others with life changing injuries.
The front nearside tyre was found to be responsible for the crash. It was an astonishing 19 years old, older than the coach itself.
In 2014, Liverpool City Council unanimously agreed to support Michael’s mother, Frances, in calling for a change in law requiring a ban on old, dangerous tyres on commercial vehicles.
Frances has now launched the ‘Tyred’ campaign to put pressure on government to change the law.
I am pleased that Liverpool City Council Mayor Joe Anderson has agreed to write to the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition to call for cross party support for a change in the law.
I have also signed the Early Day Motion which you can read here.
I will follow this campaign closely.