asked Her Majesty's Government:
Further to the Written Answers by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 12 March (WA 99) and 16 March (WA 160) (a) why further public consultation and regulatory impact assessment on the mandatory fitting of conspicuity markings to heavy goods vehicles are necessary, when a recent regulatory impact assessment and public consultation demonstrated public support for the introduction of this requirement; and (b) whether they will now draft an amending statutory instrument to make conspicuity markings mandatory on all newly registered heavy goods vehicles. [HL3044]
Instructions for a draft statutory instrument to amend further the Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989 are in preparation. The amending instrument will cover not only retro-reflective tape but also “battenberg” markings for specified special vehicles, an amendment to the existing definition of “emergency vehicle” and provisions on lighting requirements for goods vehicles parked at night.
As part of the statutory procedure for amending the regulations, consultation is required. In addition, Cabinet Office guidance requires a regulatory impact assessment on all proposed changes to government policy which might affect the public or private sectors, charities, the voluntary sector or small businesses to be issued with every such consultation.