Labour Euro MPs push through new law on quieter, safer, greener cars
Euro MP and Chair of the European Parliament Internal Market and
Consumer Protection Committee, Arlene McCarthy, has welcomed the
adoption of a new law, drafted by her committee which will make
vehicles safer for consumers.
Arlene said:- "Thanks to better car design and manufacture,
the number of people killed on Europe's roads has fallen by 24%
since 2001. In the last 15 years we have seen the percentage of
deaths and serious injuries decrease in the North West by 28%
overall and by 43% for children.
We can see how important the safety of vehicles is when we take into
account that the North West has the third highest number of people
being killed or seriously injured in England in road accidents."
The regulation will bring in new safety requirements and
better fuel efficiency and noise standards for tyres. Arlene added:-
"This law will further raise Europe's safety standards for its
vehicles and it will also tackle the scourge of unnecessary road
noise from tyres that do not meet the high standards of the best
The installation of tyre pressure monitoring systems will help lower
fuel consumption. By using less petrol and diesel, not only will
consumers save money, but lower CO2 emissions will mean a healthier
environment for all."
NEXT OF KIN - ROY WILLIAM YOUNG
WE have been informed that
Liverpool Coroner's Office are appealing for the next of kin of Roy
William Young, 77, who died at his Everton home on Friday, 13 March
2009. The Coroner's Office has been unable to trace Mr Young's next
of kin and is appealing for any relatives to come forward. They have
told us that there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his
Any next of kin, or anyone who has information about Mr Young's next
of kin, is asked to contact Liverpool Coroner's Office on:- 0151 233
Labour Euro MPs vote
for safer video games for children
IN the European Parliament in
Strasbourg this week, Labour’s Consumer Protection Champion, Arlene
McCarthy MEP will lead a vote calling for tighter controls on video
games to ensure that our children are protected.
Labour Chair of the Internal Market and Consumer Committee, Arlene
McCarthy, who initiated the Parliament’s report said:- “Video
games can be educational and stimulating for our children, but we
know that parents have genuine concerns that violent video games are
damaging some vulnerable children.
We are calling for better
controls to ensure that the highest possible standards of protection
are in place across the European Union to protect our children.”
The report calls for:-
* A code of conduct on interactive games aimed at children.
* More effective age verification
systems for sites which allow downloading of games.
* More effective age labelling of video
* A precautionary approach to be taken
when considering the impact of games on behaviour, and especially on
that of young children
* A systematic study of the effects of
video games on minors.
* laws against misuse of games for bad
business practices e.g. auto subscriptions, toll line dialling,
product placement etc
* the Commission to support development
of the industry, especially educational elements, through MEDIA