Lighting-up Times

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd April 1958.

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Photo of Sir Richard Pilkington Sir Richard Pilkington , Poole 12:00 am, 2nd April 1958

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation whether, in the interests of road safety, he will review the present regulations for vehicles turning on their lights from half an hour after sunset until half an hour before sunrise.

Photo of Sir Richard Nugent Sir Richard Nugent , Guildford

For many years, lighting-up time during winter has been from half an hour after sunset to half an hour before sunrise, and I have no evidence that any alteration is required on safety grounds.

Photo of Sir Richard Pilkington Sir Richard Pilkington , Poole

Does not my hon. Friend agree that his own Minister's Annual Report says that a very large proportion of accidents do occur at about lighting-up time? In view of that fact, would it not be a good idea to advance the time?

Photo of Sir Richard Nugent Sir Richard Nugent , Guildford

I am not sure that it would assist in this matter, and it might create serious anomalies in the North to require people to drive about in full daylight with lights on.

Photo of Mr Francis Noel-Baker Mr Francis Noel-Baker , Swindon

While the Parliamentary Secretary has this in mind, could he look again at cyclists, some of whom do not light up at all?

Photo of Sir Richard Nugent Sir Richard Nugent , Guildford

I rather think that is a matter for the police rather than for me.