Lane Discipline
Oral Answers to Questions — Roads

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Mr Ronald Russell (Wembley South)

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he is aware that many motorists are not carrying out the rules of lane discipline laid down in the new Highway Code, but drive continuously in the right-hand lane of three-lane single-carriageways; and if he will make it mandatory for motorists to read the Code.

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Sir Richard Nugent (Guildford)

Yes, Sir. I am aware that many drivers do not properly observe the rules of lane discipline. I am hoping for an improvement after the new Highway Code has become available, but I doubt if making the reading of the Code mandatory would automatically ensure observance of its rules.

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Mr Ronald Russell (Wembley South)

Does not my hon. Friend agree that, although it would not automatically ensure observance, it would encourage people to observe the rule and make them aware of what is in the Highway Code? I am sure that some motorists are not aware of what is in it at the moment.

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Sir Richard Nugent (Guildford)

I agree about the difficulty of getting people to read the Code, but I do not think that the mandatory approach is the right one.

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Sir Ronald Bell (Buckinghamshire South)

Will my hon. Friend bear in mind that, unfortunately, the Highway Code does not tell drivers in ordinary three-line carriageways not to go into the right-hand lane; it confines that injunction to special motor roads? Will my hon. Friend do something to dispel that false assumption?