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star this property date less than 2015-06-08more like thismore than 2015-06-08
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Department for Transport more like this
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Transport more like this
star this property hansard heading Taxis: Disability more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons remove filter
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that taxi and private hire drivers undergo disability awareness training. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Richmond Park more like this
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Zac Goldsmith more like this
star this property uin 1458 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-06-15more like thismore than 2015-06-15
star this property answer text <p>Although there is no statutory requirement for Taxi and PHV drivers to undertake disability awareness training, the Department for Transport’s best practice guidance on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing in England and Wales recommends local licensing authorities work with operators, drivers and trade bodies in their area to improve drivers’ awareness of the needs of disabled people. This includes encouraging their drivers to undertake disability awareness training. A separate licensing regime regulates taxi and private hire vehicles in Scotland and the Scottish Government publishes its own Best Practice guidance.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>The Law Commission recently undertook a wide ranging review of taxi and private hire legislation in England and Wales and published their final report and a draft Bill on 23 May 2014, in which it recommended mandatory disability awareness training for drivers. The Government will respond to the report shortly.</p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Harrogate and Knaresborough more like this
star this property answering member printed Andrew Jones more like this
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less than 2015-06-15T14:01:08.363Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-15T14:01:08.363Z
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3996
star this property label Biography information for Andrew Jones remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Zac Goldsmith more like this
349029
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-06-08more like thismore than 2015-06-08
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Department for Transport more like this
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Transport more like this
star this property hansard heading Taxis: Disability more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on (a) assistance for wheelchair users by taxis and private hire vehicles and (b) the charging of additional costs by taxi and hire vehicle owners; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Richmond Park more like this
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Zac Goldsmith more like this
star this property uin 1459 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-06-15more like thismore than 2015-06-15
star this property answer text <p>The Department for Transport is committed to ensuring that everyone has the same access to transport services and opportunities to travel.</p><p> </p><p>Both taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs) are a particularly valuable form of transport for people with disabilities. I would strongly encourage all Taxi and PHV drivers to assist wheelchair users, wherever possible, and would also strongly discourage the practice of making additional charges to assist a disabled passenger. I would remind all Taxi and PHV operators of their obligations under the Equality Act 2010.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Harrogate and Knaresborough more like this
star this property answering member printed Andrew Jones more like this
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less than 2015-06-15T14:08:43.677Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-15T14:08:43.677Z
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3996
star this property label Biography information for Andrew Jones remove filter
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4062
unstar this property label Biography information for Zac Goldsmith more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-03-24more like thismore than 2016-03-24
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Department for Transport more like this
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Transport more like this
star this property hansard heading Rolling Stock: North West more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what provisions his Department has put in place to improve rolling stock as part of the rail franchise package for the North West. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hazel Grove more like this
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William Wragg more like this
star this property uin 32510 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-04-12more like thismore than 2016-04-12
star this property answer text <p>The new Northern and TransPennine Express franchises commenced on the 1<sup>st</sup> April. By the end of 2019, they will have introduced significant improvements in Rolling Stock.</p><p> </p><p>The Northern franchise will deliver:-</p><ul><li>281 new carriages including 55 new Diesel and 43 new Electric trains – the first ever new trains specified for the Northern franchise</li><li>Additional diesel units cascaded from other franchises – refurbished to ‘as new’ standard</li><li>Removal of all Pacer trains by October 2019</li><li>All retained trains will be refurbished as new including Wi-Fi, media servers, passenger information systems, CCTV and accessible toilets with baby-change facilities</li></ul><p> </p><p>This means that 30% of this expanded fleet will be new and will operate 2000 more services per week –a 12% increase. The additional trains will provide a 37% increase in morning peak capacity into the North’s 5 major cities by December 2019.</p><p> </p><p>The TransPennine franchise will deliver:-</p><ul><li>220 new carriages</li><li>All existing trains will be refurbished as new including Wi-Fi, additional power sockets, and real-time passenger information systems</li></ul><p> </p><p>This means that 70% of fleet is new, the fleet size increases by two-thirds, provides 13million more seats, an 80% increase in morning peak seats by the end of 2019.</p><p><br>These delivery plans as bid by the two operators during the Invitation to Tender process have been contracted within the franchise agreements.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Harrogate and Knaresborough more like this
star this property answering member printed Andrew Jones more like this
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less than 2016-04-12T15:13:59.393Zmore like thismore than 2016-04-12T15:13:59.393Z
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3996
star this property label Biography information for Andrew Jones remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr William Wragg more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2017-01-11
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Department for Transport more like this
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Transport more like this
star this property hansard heading Bus Services: Disability more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons remove filter
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve disability awareness among bus drivers on the use of a ramp when required for disabled passengers. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Colchester more like this
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Will Quince more like this
star this property uin 59634 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-01-16more like thismore than 2017-01-16
star this property answer text <p>I am committed to building transport networks that work for everyone, including ensuring that disabled people have the same access to transport services as other members of society.</p><p> </p><p>We are currently developing best practice guidance in delivering disability awareness training. This has been informed by engagement with disabled people and the bus industry, and aims to ensure that bus drivers have the knowledge and skills to provide passengers with the appropriate assistance they need, including the use of ramps for wheelchair users.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Harrogate and Knaresborough more like this
star this property answering member printed Andrew Jones more like this
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less than 2017-01-16T14:44:26.457Zmore like thismore than 2017-01-16T14:44:26.457Z
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3996
star this property label Biography information for Andrew Jones remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2017-01-11
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Department for Transport more like this
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Transport more like this
star this property hansard heading Taxis: Disability more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons remove filter
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that there is sufficient provision of accessible taxis for disabled people in rural areas. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Colchester more like this
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Will Quince more like this
star this property uin 59633 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-01-16more like thismore than 2017-01-16
star this property answer text <p>Taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs) provide a particularly important service for many disabled people, helping them to remain independent and to complete journeys which may not be possible using other forms of transport.</p><p> </p><p>I recognise that the availability of wheelchair accessible taxis and PHVs varies across Great Britain, particularly in rural areas. I know too, however, that they can sometimes be difficult to access for some ambulant disabled people. As such we encourage local licensing authorities to use their existing powers to ensure that a range of vehicle categories are represented in their taxi and PHV fleets. We have also introduced powers in the Deregulation Act 2015 to enable the sub-contracting of PHV services across local authority boundaries, helping to ensure that wheelchair accessible vehicles are available wherever they are required.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Harrogate and Knaresborough more like this
star this property answering member printed Andrew Jones more like this
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less than 2017-01-16T14:39:51.39Zmore like thismore than 2017-01-16T14:39:51.39Z
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3996
star this property label Biography information for Andrew Jones remove filter
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4423
unstar this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-12-14more like thismore than 2016-12-14
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Department for Transport more like this
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Transport more like this
star this property hansard heading Public Transport: Older People more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons remove filter
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance his Department issues on the provision of alternative transport services for elderly people when bus services are removed. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Walsall South more like this
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Valerie Vaz more like this
star this property uin 57598 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-12-19more like thismore than 2016-12-19
star this property answer text <p>The Department has not issued guidance specifically on the provision of alternative transport services for the elderly when bus services are removed. However, the Department has published draft guidance for local authorities who are considering how to best improve their local bus services, and guidance about the role that can be played by the Community Transport sector and the application of Total Transport principles. This draft guidance was published in October to accompany the Bus Services Bill that is currently before Parliament. A final version of the guidance will be published in due course.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Harrogate and Knaresborough more like this
star this property answering member printed Andrew Jones more like this
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less than 2016-12-19T11:07:30.11Zmore like thismore than 2016-12-19T11:07:30.11Z
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3996
star this property label Biography information for Andrew Jones remove filter
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4076
unstar this property label Biography information for Valerie Vaz more like this
658595
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-12-14more like thismore than 2016-12-14
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Department for Transport more like this
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Transport more like this
star this property hansard heading Bus Services: Contracts more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has power to intervene when bus companies terminate contracts without consultation. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Walsall South more like this
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Valerie Vaz more like this
star this property uin 57597 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-12-19more like thismore than 2016-12-19
star this property answer text <p>Bus services in England outside London are provided commercially by bus operators with local authorities able to subsidise additional services where these are not being provided on a commercial basis. The Secretary of State has no power to intervene when bus services cease to be provided by bus operators or supported by local authorities.</p><p> </p><p>Bus operators are however required to provide a Traffic Commissioner with 56 days’ notice of their intention to cancel a local bus service, and we would encourage operators and local authorities to consult with local communities before making changes to local bus services.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Harrogate and Knaresborough more like this
star this property answering member printed Andrew Jones more like this
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less than 2016-12-19T11:02:24.923Zmore like thismore than 2016-12-19T11:02:24.923Z
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3996
star this property label Biography information for Andrew Jones remove filter
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4076
unstar this property label Biography information for Valerie Vaz more like this
658597
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-12-14more like thismore than 2016-12-14
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Department for Transport more like this
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Transport more like this
star this property hansard heading Bus Services: Disability more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance his Department has issued on accessibility standards for bus provision. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Walsall South more like this
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Valerie Vaz more like this
star this property uin 57604 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-12-19more like thismore than 2016-12-19
star this property answer text <p>I am committed to building transport networks that work for everyone, including ensuring that disabled people have the same access to transport services as other members of society.</p><p> </p><p>Guidance was issued in 2005 to support the implementation of the Public Service Vehicles Accessibility Regulations 2000 (PSVAR).</p><p> </p><p>We are currently developing best practice guidance in delivering disability awareness training. This has be informed by engagement with disabled people and the bus industry, and aims to ensure that bus drivers have the knowledge and skills to provide all passengers with the appropriate assistance.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Harrogate and Knaresborough more like this
star this property answering member printed Andrew Jones more like this
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less than 2016-12-19T11:18:47.1Zmore like thismore than 2016-12-19T11:18:47.1Z
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3996
star this property label Biography information for Andrew Jones remove filter
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4076
unstar this property label Biography information for Valerie Vaz more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-06-11more like thismore than 2015-06-11
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Department for Transport more like this
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Transport more like this
star this property hansard heading Pedestrian Areas: Visual Impairment more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance his Department has given to local transport authorities on protecting the safety of blind and partially sighted bus users when (a) placing floating bus stops, (b) closing bus stops and (c) placing temporary bus stops. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hampstead and Kilburn more like this
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Tulip Siddiq more like this
star this property uin 2152 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-06-16more like thismore than 2015-06-16
star this property answer text <p>The Department for Transport (DfT) is committed to comprehensive civil rights for disabled people. An integrated transport policy, which encompasses accessible public transport, public transport infrastructure and a barrier-free pedestrian environment is fundamentally important to delivering that commitment.</p><p> </p><p>Provisions in the Equality Act 2010 require service providers, such as local authorities, to take reasonable steps to ensure that disabled people do not find it unreasonably difficult to enjoy a service on the same basis as non-disabled people.</p><p> </p><p>The DfT has not provided any guidance on protecting the safety of blind and partially sighted bus users when placing floating bus stops or when specifically closing bus stops or placing temporary bus stops.</p><p> </p><p>However, our document ‘Safety at Street Works and Road Works’ (a statutory code of practice for utility companies and local highways authorities in England) provides general principles to observe when considering the needs of vulnerable users. It is the responsibility of local authorities to apply these general principles to any works they carry out in the highway, including work on bus stops.</p><p> </p><p>The code of practice is available at:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/safety-at-street-works-and-road-works" target="_blank">www.gov.uk/government/publications/safety-at-street-works-and-road-works</a></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Harrogate and Knaresborough more like this
star this property answering member printed Andrew Jones more like this
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less than 2015-06-16T14:40:20.877Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-16T14:40:20.877Z
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3996
star this property label Biography information for Andrew Jones remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Tulip Siddiq more like this
349944
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-06-11more like thismore than 2015-06-11
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Department for Transport more like this
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Transport more like this
star this property hansard heading Buses: Visual Impairment more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will encourage the installation of artificial sound generators on quiet electric and hybrid-electric buses in London to ensure their audibility for the safety of blind and partially-sighted pedestrians. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hampstead and Kilburn more like this
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Tulip Siddiq more like this
star this property uin 2203 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-06-16more like thismore than 2015-06-16
star this property answer text <p>A new EU regulation dealing with noise from road vehicles was adopted in 2014 and this will require additional sound devices to be fitted to all new types of electric and hybrid-electric vehicles from July 2019. This includes new buses and manufacturers may choose to fit them sooner. There are no plans currently to require the devices to be fitted before July 2019. Whether to encourage their fitment in London is a matter for the Mayor of London.</p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Harrogate and Knaresborough more like this
star this property answering member printed Andrew Jones more like this
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less than 2015-06-16T14:45:00.027Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-16T14:45:00.027Z
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3996
star this property label Biography information for Andrew Jones remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Tulip Siddiq more like this