Road Accidents (Warning Signs)

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17 November 1965.

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Photo of Sir John Gilmour Sir John Gilmour , Fife East 12:00, 17 November 1965

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will circularize police forces in Scotland to ensure that all police and public service vehicles which are called to the scene of road accidents carry warning signs which can be put out to give advance warning of any obstruction caused by accidents.

Photo of Mr Eustace Willis Mr Eustace Willis , Edinburgh East

It is already the general practice for police traffic patrol cars to carry warning signs. Emergency tenders of fire brigades also carry such signs.

Sir J. Gilmonr:

Would the hon. Gentleman also ask that ambulances should do the same? They often have to stand at scenes of accidents and if they carried these warning signs it might help to prevent further crashes from taking place.

Photo of Mr Eustace Willis Mr Eustace Willis , Edinburgh East

They do not carry them at present. Only those authorised by the chief constables to do so can erect these signs. However, the point is worthy of consideration.