Traffic Signs.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport. – in the House of Commons on 15th April 1935.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel Andrew Gault Lieut-Colonel Andrew Gault , Taunton

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asked the Minister of Transport whether his attention has been drawn to the question of road restriction signs being so designed as to give the de-restricting indication on the reverse thereof; what saving of public funds would accrue by the adoption of such a sign; and whether he will give consideration to this proposal?

Photo of Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha , Plymouth, Devonport

I do not think there would be any saving of public funds in this proposal, but I have it in mind.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Andrew Gault Lieut-Colonel Andrew Gault , Taunton

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that in the opinion of many motorists the present sign is too inconspicuous and will he consider erecting a sign which can be more easily seen?

Photo of Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha , Plymouth, Devonport

I had all those considerations in mind in giving the answer which I have just given to the hon. and gallant Member's question.

Photo of Mr Lionel Beaumont-Thomas Mr Lionel Beaumont-Thomas , Birmingham King's Norton

Does the hon. Gentleman realise that in many cases the sign does not exist at all?

Photo of Mr Oliver Simmonds Mr Oliver Simmonds , Birmingham Duddeston

Can the hon. Gentleman tell us when he is going to come to a decision with regard to the painting of lamp posts as a de-restriction sign?

Photo of Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha , Plymouth, Devonport

That suggestion was discussed in the House and the predominant view was that a sign separate from the lamp post should be erected.

Photo of Mr Oliver Simmonds Mr Oliver Simmonds , Birmingham Duddeston

Was there not a decision on the part of the Ministry that they would look into the question of marking the lamp posts throughout the length of a road which is de-restricted?

Photo of Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha , Plymouth, Devonport

No, Sir, I do not think that that is the case. Certain inconveniences would attach to that course which it would take too long to explain to the House in answer to a question.

Photo of Captain William Strickland Captain William Strickland , Coventry

Would the hon. Gentleman, when considering this matter, also consider the advisability of having signs on both sides of the road?