Road Signs

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 18th December 1957.

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Photo of Vice-Admiral John Hughes-Hallett Vice-Admiral John Hughes-Hallett , Croydon North East 12:00 am, 18th December 1957

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation whether, in view of the small number of horse riders, he will discourage the continued use of the terms "near side" and "off side' in official notices and publications.

Photo of Sir Richard Nugent Sir Richard Nugent , Guildford

No, Sir. I do not think official action is warranted.

Photo of Vice-Admiral John Hughes-Hallett Vice-Admiral John Hughes-Hallett , Croydon North East

Is my hon. Friend aware that it is not uncommon to find notices directing traffic in particular places to keep to the "near side" and "off side" lanes, and will not he agree that there are many people who have cause to consider whether they have to go right or left? Would not any action that would simplify and standardise road signs be conducive to road safety?

Photo of Sir Richard Nugent Sir Richard Nugent , Guildford

I do not think this causes serious confusion. It would be a pity to lose the traditional terms.