Daniel Zeichner MP's Taxi Safety Bill was filibustered by a backbench Conservative MP in the Commons today, preventing it from progressing through Parliament. Parliamentary convention dictates that if there are MPs still speaking on a Private Member's Bill as the session finishes, the Bill cannot be put to a vote.
Mr Zeichner says: "i'm disappointed, as a I know many other people will be, that once again a sensible Bill - mine included very reasonable measures to improve safety standards in the taxi trade - has been talked out. In my view, this reinforces the need to update and reform Private Member's Bill process."
I will continue to campaign for improve safeguards in the sector, and I am encouraged that there is cross-Party support for them. I am grateful to Labour's Shadow Transport Team and the Government for their support too - I hope that either this Government or the next Labour Government will bring forward similar measures as soon as possible.@
Mr Zeichner's Bill will return to the House of Commons on Friday October 26th.