Highlands & Islands (Including Moray) MSP, Shadow Transport Minister and road safety campaigner, David Stewart has indicated that he is disappointed with the response from the Government to his appeal to consider increasing speed limits for HGV’s on the A96 Inverness – Aberdeen road from 40mph to 50mph.
He has previously highlighted many times that he firmly believes that frustration is a cause of many road collisions.
“ When the red mist comes down, drivers unfortunately take a course of action or try and complete a manoeuvre that is not appropriate and this type of driver behaviour is an area we need to target”, he said.
Highlands and Islands David Stewart has called for the installation of Fire Sprinkler systems to buildings across Scotland, focusing in on higher risk properties such as Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO), and Social housing ahead of a Members Business debate in the Scottish Parliament on the Scottish Fire Sprinkler Coordination Group.
David Stewart is welcoming the debate and group to the Parliament today as a long standing campaigner and supporter of the vital role fire sprinkler systems play as a preventative device in fire safety.
During the last Parliament session Mr Stewart sought to introduce measures that would have meant all new HMOs had a fire sprinkler system installed, however it fell due to lack of Parliamentary time available.
However, Mr Stewart succeeded in introducing the first opposition members bill into law through his Dangerous and Defective Buildings Bill, which passed with unanimous support.
Highlands and Islands MSP David Stewart, Shadow Transport Minister spoke yesterday in Parliament at topical questions asking what assessment the Scottish Government had made following the publication of newly published road traffic statistics.
The figures revealed last week, which were collated from police statements and media reports by a major national newspaper revealed that there had been an increase of deaths on Scotland’s road for the first time in nearly a decade.
The number of road deaths in Scotland increased to 179, up seven from the official figure published by the Scottish Government in 2013, which recorded 172 deaths.
Highlands & Islands (Including Moray) MSP and Shadow Transport Minister, David Stewart, is delighted that five years after he set up the web site ‘sensible driving’ which details much of his work in relation to road safety, has secured 2820 ‘hits’ since 1 January 2015.
Speaking this afternoon, David Stewart said,
“For the last five years I have been heavily involved in road safety across the Highlands & Islands with partner agencies.
“I am determined to make our roads safer and I firmly believe we can do that by addressing driving behaviour, which includes dealing with frustration and improved education and training.
Highlands and Islands Scottish Labour MSP, David Stewart has called for a committee enquiry into dairy farming in Argyll and the Southern Isles.
Mr Stewart was responding to a petition by Argyll dairy farmer Evelyn Mundell to the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee.
This petition states that the human rights of some dairy farmers have been breached by the manner in which the Scottish Government abolished the ring-fencing mechanism attached to the management of milk quotas.
“There are two major issues,” said Mr Stewart.
“Firstly, despite contacting over 50 lawyers, Mrs Mundell has found it near impossible to get legal assistance in pursuing the human rights element of her case.
“Money should never be a pre-requisite in asserting your human rights.
65% of leading high street retailers are not giving safe advice when selling child car seats say undercover researchers.
53 out of 82 shops run by well-known national chains and independent retailers selling child safety seats did not give the full correct advice to mystery shoppers, according to a report published today.
The new findings, issued by Good Egg Safety, reveal that staff in the majority of stores tested did not ask enough basic information to ensure a safe fit of the child seats they were selling.
A child car seat, no matter how well it is manufactured and tested, will not perform as it is designed to do in a collision if it’s not correctly installed or if it doesn’t fit the child or car it is purchased for.