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    • Commons Briefing papers: Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
    • Lords Library Notes: Authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
    • POSTbriefs: Responsive policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on mini-literature reviews and peer review, typically commissioned by select committees and library research services.
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    Topics: Research material can be filtered by subject using the topic terms. The topics are arranged in a taxonomy (a hierarchical classification) and can be further filtered using sub-topics.

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Local road charges
Published Wednesday, March 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN01171
This short paper explains what local road charging schemes are, how they can be implanted and what the attitudes of successive governments have been to their introduction.

Topics: Pollution, Roads

Vehicle scrappage schemes
Published Wednesday, March 7, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8091
This paper gives a brief overview of the debates about vehicle scrappage schemes in recent years – from the 2009 scrappage scheme introduced by the Labour Government to calls from 2015 onwards for a new diesel scrappage scheme to help improve air quality.
Blue Badges and parking for disabled people in England
Published Wednesday, March 7, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN01360
This paper is chiefly concerned with the Blue Badge scheme; it also includes information on the provision of parking bays and on off-street parking for disabled people. The Blue Badge scheme is a devolved matter so this paper deals largely with England.

Topics: Equality, Roads

Merger of British Transport Police Scottish division with Police Scotland
Published Monday, March 5, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0058
A Westminster Hall debate on the Merger of British Transport Police Scottish division with Police Scotland is scheduled for Tuesday 6 March 2018 at 9.30am. The Member leading the debate is Douglas Ross MP.

Topics: Police, Railways

Access to transport for disabled people
Published Monday, March 5, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN00601
This paper explains the legislative frameworks and policies that apply to public transport users with disabilities or reduced mobility.
Estimates - Spending of the Department of Transport
Published Friday, February 23, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0050
The new-style Estimates day debates provides the House with an opportunity to explore and scrutinise in more detail the DfT’s spending plans and priorities.
Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Tuesday, February 20, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0025
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading of the Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill [HL] in the House of Lords on 27 February 2018.
Electric vehicles and infrastructure
Published Tuesday, February 20, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7480
This paper explains what electric vehicles are and how successive governments have planned for infrastructure and provided vehicle grants and incentives to encourage and accommodate their growth. It also sets out how the electricity grid is preparing to accommodate any increased demand from EV charging and looks at comparative emissions from EVs and conventional vehicles.
Transport Spending by Region
Published Friday, February 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8130
Tables-based paper, outlining levels of public spending on transport by region and nation of the UK

Topics: Buses, Railways, Roads

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, February 8, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0022
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading of the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill in the House of Lords on 20 February 2018.

Topic: Roads

Suicide Prevention: Policy and Strategy
Published Monday, February 5, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8221
This House of Commons Library briefing paper examines suicide prevention policies and strategies throughout the UK. It outlines national and local approaches to prevention policy in England, as well as Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. It does so by considering the strategies of the UK Government, as well as the devolved administrations, through the lens of various policy perspectives.
Airspace change and modernisation
Published Tuesday, January 30, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7889
This paper looks at the structure and management of airspace in the UK and the wider international context. It explains how airspace functions at the moment and proposals to upgrade and improve it, including the EU Single European Sky programme and the UK’s Future Airspace Strategy.

Topic: Aviation

Parking policy in England
Published Tuesday, January 30, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02235
This briefing paper summarises parking policy in England: civil parking enforcement on public highways; parking on private land; and parking on private roads.

Topic: Roads

Taxi and private hire vehicle licensing in England
Published Tuesday, January 30, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02005
This paper sets out the licensing arrangements for taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs), drivers and operators in England and the enforcement of those licences. It also looks at some of the most significant reports into the future of the taxi and PHV industries in recent years and issues currently of concern to the industry and licensing authorities such as capping licence numbers, cross-border working, accessibility and disruptive technology.

Topic: Roads

High Speed 2 (HS2) Phase 2a
Published Friday, January 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN07082
This paper summarises Phase 2a of the proposed new high speed rail line between London and the North of England (HS2). It gives a brief overview of the scheme, its costs, compensation arrangements and the Bill which will give statutory and planning authority for the construction of the scheme.

Topic: Railways

Transport 2018: FAQ for MPs
Published Thursday, January 11, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7954
This paper sets out answers to commonly asked questions by Members of Parliament about various aspects of transport policy, usually related to constituency issues.
Passenger rail services in England
Published Tuesday, January 9, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06521
This paper explains how passenger rail services are provided in England and the policies of successive governments towards rail franchising. It also looks at those proposals which have been put forward for further reform – specifically more partnership working, competition, public ownership and devolution.

Topic: Railways

The National Shipbuilding Strategy: January 2018 update
Published Tuesday, January 9, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8193
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the UK's National Shipbuilding Strategy and what it means for the Royal Navy's new frigates.
Topics of Interest 2018
Published Monday, January 8, 2018 | POSTbriefs POST-PB-0027
This list sets out the topic areas identified of possible parliamentary interest under the 9 different category headings (Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Forestry, Crime, Defence, Education and Skills, Energy, Environment, Health, ICT and Robotics and Transport and Infrastructure).
Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, December 21, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0103
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill [HL] on 9 January 2018.

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