News from Brake
Tuesday, 13 February 2018
Garston and Halewood MP wins national road safety award
Maria Eagle, MP for Garston and Halewood, has today been awarded a parliamentarian road safety award by charity Brake and Direct Line Group.
The award recognises Maria’s efforts, on behalf of her constituent Frances Molloy, to ban the use of tyres over the age of 10 years on public service vehicles . Mrs Molloy’s son, Michael Molloy, was tragically killed in 2012, alongside two others, when a coach crashed due to its nearside tyre bursting whilst in transit. The coroner found that the cause of the blow-out was the age of the tyre and, since then, Mrs Molloy has been leading the campaign to ensure that this tragedy will never happen again.
Maria has led the parliamentary campaign on this issue, tabling an Early Day Motion  and presenting a 10 Minute Rule Bill to the House , with the stated intention of introducing limits on the age of tyres on buses and coaches and for connected purposes. Ms Eagle will be requesting a second reading of the Bill on 23 February.
Joshua Harris, Director of Campaigns for Brake, the road safety charity, said: “Maria’s support of Frances Molloy’s campaign to rid our roads of unsafe tyres has shown true commitment to the issue and to improving road safety for all in the UK. It is vital that the Government listens and takes action to ensure that avoidable tragedies like this can never happen again.”
Accepting her award, Maria Eagle MP said: “I’m proud to have received Brake’s Parliamentarian Road Safety Award. This award is testament to the hard work that my constituent Frances Molloy and the Tyred campaign have done to raise awareness of this important issue.
"A change in the law to ban dangerous old tyres being used on buses and coaches is long overdue, will cost the public purse virtually nothing, and will save lives. With the support of the public, major coach operators and local authorities I know we can make this change. Old tyres kill; banning them is just common sense.
"Brake is a charity that has fought for years to improve road safety in our communities and offer support to people who have been seriously injured or tragically lost loved ones in road traffic accidents. I commend the work that they do, and look forward to working with them to promote the Tyred campaign.”
Notes to editors
 ‘Tyred’ campaign
Brake is a national road safety and sustainable transport charity, founded in 1995, that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies.
We do this through national campaigns, community education, services for road safety professionals and employers, and by coordinating the UK's flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.
Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.