Heavy Vehicles (Direction Indicators)

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th November 1955.

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Photo of Sir Ronald Bell Sir Ronald Bell , Buckinghamshire South 12:00 am, 16th November 1955

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation whether he will, by regulation, require heavy vehicles to have traffic indicators of a kind clearly visible from directly behind the vehicle.

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

I am awaiting a further report by the Road Research Laboratory on direction indicators. When I am considering it, I will bear in mind my hon. Friend's suggestion.

Photo of Sir Ronald Bell Sir Ronald Bell , Buckinghamshire South

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that signals are frequently given from the cabs of these heavy vehicles and they cannot be seen by traffic behind owing to the size of the rear of the vehicle, and this frequently constitutes a grave danger on the roads?

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

That is a very serious part of the problem.