Motor Bicycles (Accidents).

Oral Answers to Questions — Motor Traffic. – in the House of Commons on 15th July 1926.

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Photo of Mr John Wardlaw-Milne Mr John Wardlaw-Milne , Kidderminster

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asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been drawn to the large number of motor accidents, particularly in connection with motor bicycles, which are now taking place; and whether, in view of this, he will instruct the police authorities to prosecute more rigorously the riders of motor bicycles who are travelling at very high speeds, in preference to instituting prosecutions against motor-car drivers who, under reasonable conditions of traffic, drive their cars at a speed which slightly exceeds that laid down by law?

Photo of Mr William Joynson-Hicks Mr William Joynson-Hicks , Twickenham

I can only say that the police will continue to do all they can to check the driving of both motor cars and motor cycles at speeds which are dangerous to the public.

Photo of Dr Thomas Watts Dr Thomas Watts , Manchester, Withington

In view of recent accidents, especially to pillion riders, wilt the right hon. Gentleman take some steps so that the large number of deaths, and fatal accidents may be averted?

Photo of Mr William Joynson-Hicks Mr William Joynson-Hicks , Twickenham

I am not quite sure of the incidence of accidents due to pillion riding, but perhaps the hon. Member will put down a question.