Road Signs

Oral Answers to Questions — Roads – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th July 1968.

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Photo of Hon. Anthony Berry Hon. Anthony Berry , Southgate 12:00 am, 24th July 1968

asked the Minister of Transport by what date all road signs in Great Britain will conform to a standard pattern.

Mr. Bob Brown:

Most regulatory signs were converted by the end of 1967 and the remainder will be converted by the end of this year. My right hon. Friend hopes soon to consult representative organisations about terminal dates for conversion of the other signs.

Photo of Hon. Anthony Berry Hon. Anthony Berry , Southgate

Would not the hon. Gentleman agree that it is essential in the interests of safety that signs should conform to a standard pattern as early as possible? Would he say something about the Minister's statement last week about the possibility of using kilometre road restriction signs and their cost?

Mr. Brown:

We recognise the need for rapid conversion, which arises from the possible consfusion caused by differing systems of signing, on road safety grounds, better traffic flow grounds, and so on. I cannot recall my right hon. Friend saying anything last week about the metric system.