Direction Indicators

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th March 1959.

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Photo of Mr Eric Johnson Mr Eric Johnson , Manchester, Blackley 12:00 am, 25th March 1959

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he is now ready to make regulations with regard to direction indicators; or when he expects to be in a position to do so.

Photo of Sir Richard Nugent Sir Richard Nugent , Guildford

We have decided to recirculate for comment some of our original proposals where substantial modifications seem to be required. Until these comments are received I am not in a position to say when we shall be able to make the regulations to which my hon. Friend refers.

Photo of Mr Eric Johnson Mr Eric Johnson , Manchester, Blackley

Does my hon. Friend recall an answer which he gave to a supplementary question of mine of 2nd April, last year, when he said: My right hon. Friend has undertaken to make regulations as from the beginning of next year with all new registered vehicles. We have every intention of keeping to that programme, —[OFFICIAL REPORT, 2nd April, 1958; Vol. 585, c. 1194.] Can he say what has delayed this matter?

Photo of Sir Richard Nugent Sir Richard Nugent , Guildford

My memory is not quite as good as that, but I remember the main drift of the question. What has happened is that the replies to our original proposals raised so many complicated points that it has taken longer than we expected to draft these regulations. It is a complex matter to decide exactly where these signals should be placed, what their intensity should be and so on. We must make sure of that before we make the regulations.

Photo of Mr George Strauss Mr George Strauss , Lambeth Vauxhall

In view of the general interest among many hon. Members, can a copy of the draft regulations be placed in the Library so that hon. Members may study them?

Photo of Sir Richard Nugent Sir Richard Nugent , Guildford

We have not reached the point of making draft regulations yet, but I will see whether it is possible to place in the Library the letters we have sent out to the trade so that hon. and right hon. Gentlemen can see what is happening.