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The King's Speech: Martyn's Law and licensing matters Published Date: 08/11/2023

The King's speech at the formal opening of Parliament on 7th November makes reference to Martyn's Law and new arrangements for London pedicabs.


On Martyn's Law, the briefing note on the speech refers to forthcoming consultation to 'ensure the Bill’s measures strike the right balance between public protection and avoiding undue burdens on smaller premises such as village halls, churches and other community venues.'  It states that the Bill will require '...certain venues to fulfil necessary but proportionate steps according to their capacity to mitigate the impact of a terrorist attack and reduce harm. The duties that premises will have will depend on the size of the venue. Premises and events with a capacity of 800 or above will be in the enhanced tier, while premises with a capacity of 100 to 799 will be in the standard tier...'

On pedicabs in London, the intention is that 'The Pedicabs (London) Bill will give Transport for London powers to regulate London’s pedicab industry so that passengers, pedestrians and other road users go about their lives safe in the knowledge these vehicles and their operators are properly licensed and accountable.'