By David Hanson MP / Latest News / / 0 Comments

I have signed Early Day Motion (EDM) 1431 which calls for legal protections to be put in place to ensure that everyone has access to ATMs to withdraw cash.

The free use of ATMs is funded through a levy on banks set by the network body LINK. On Sunday 1 July, the first of four rounds of cuts to the funding for free to use ATMs will be put into action.

Since this cut was announced five months ago 300 ATMs have closed per month with rural areas being more greatly impacted than urban centres.

There are no legal protections for access to free cash with only the business case for an ATM based on the fee set by LINK or the ATMs ability to charge per withdrawal determining whether it stays open or it closes. ATM providers have warned that the cut in funding goes too far too fast with the industry body ATIMA saying as many as 30,000 ATMs could be lost by 2030, that is 40% of the UK’s network. Read more “Calling for legal protections for access to ATMs”

By David Hanson MP / Latest News / / 0 Comments

I have signed Early Day Motion (EDM) 167 calling for a change in the law to prohibit the use of tyres over the age of 10 years on public service vehicles.

This EDM has been supported by the Tyred campaign. This campaign was launched following the tragic events of 2012 when a coach transporting young people back from a music festival crashed, causing three people to lose their lives. The crash was caused by a tyre that was 19.5 years old.

Following an inquest into the crash the coroner wrote to the Government appealing for legislation to ban tyres older than 10 years from being used by coaches or mini-buses.

The Department of Transport did not implement this change in legislation but simply amended the safety guidelines of public service vehicles (busses, mini-busses, coaches etc.), recommending that tyres over 10 years should not be fitted. Read more “Road Safety: Prohibit the sale of old tyres”