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Issue Date:- 17 March 2009

Labour Euro MPs push through new law on quieter, safer, greener cars

LOCAL Labour 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 European manufacturers.  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."


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 death.

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 4702.

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 games.

* 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 programmes.

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