New driving licence rules ditched and drivers say 'it's morally wrong'

Drivers have hit out over petitions being ditched by the government ahead of the General Election in July. On July 4, Conservative Party MPs and Labour Party MPs will battle it out at the polls as Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Sir Keir Starmer lead their parties through the General Election.

But ahead of the General Election, drivers have hit out after petitions on the Parliament website - even some which have racked up an eye-watering 10,000 signatures - were shelved and postponed. Popular petitions include a bid to increase the national speed limit to 100mph amassing over 42,000 signatures.

Others include calls to exempt those with Blue Badges from low traffic neighbourhoods and new driving licence changes for younger people. One person said: “It’s morally wrong that they can unilaterally decide to shut down our democratic rights to be heard, without automatic right of recourse.”

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The Petitions Committee explained: "When there is a general election, Parliament closes for a few weeks before the vote, for the election campaign. The petitions website is part of the official work of Parliament, so it had to stop too."

"All petitions that were open on the site are now closed and can no longer be signed. They won’t be reopened after the election. They’re available for people to read on the site." It added: "Signatures cannot be carried over to new petitions started after the general election.

"You can start a new petition and collect new signatures when the site re-opens. This can include people who signed your previous petition." It went on: "The Government can’t respond during the election period. After the election, it will be up to the Government to decide whether to respond to petitions from before the election."

The election means that all the Committees cease to exist. New committees will be appointed by the new House of Commons.