Bennion: Safer roads in the UK and across Europe

MEPs in Strasbourg today approved proposals for new EU rules to test the roadworthiness of vehicles and set minimum standards for technical roadside inspections with the aim of reducing the number of road fatalities across Europe by 50% between 2010 and 2020.

In the UK, the number of people killed in road accidents reported to the police dropped by 8% to 1,754 in 2012 from 1,901 in 2011.

UK Liberal Democrat European transport spokesperson Phil Bennion said:

“The UK has led the way on road safety standards. These proposed new EU rules aim to raise standards right across Europe. Continue reading

EU roaming fees cut again

Lib Dem MEP Fiona Hall has welcomed the coming into force of new EU caps on mobile phone roaming fees today, which will reduce the cost of data roaming by over a third and further reduce the cost of making calls and sending messages when visiting another EU country.

Ms Hall commented:

“These new rates have come just in time for families heading off on their summer holidays and will help to take the sting out of those shock mobile phone bills. Thanks to the new cap on data usage, checking your emails, social networks or GPS maps while abroad in another EU country will no longer be prohibitively expensive.”

“Thousands of Brits heading to Croatia, which joined the EU today, will be able to take advantage of a ten times reduction in roaming fees compared to last year.”

“But there is still some way to go. Liberal Democrats in the European Parliament are leading the fight to end roaming charges in Europe once and for all, and we will be meeting with EU Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes this week to see how we can take this forward.”

For more details on the new caps on roaming fees in the EU see here: