Motor Cars (Rear Windows)

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

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Mr. Geoffrey Wilson:

asked the Minister of Transport whether he will introduce regulations to ensure that private cars are provided with a means of keeping clear their rear windows, so that inside driving mirrors are of greater assistance to drivers in observing overtaking traffic.

Mr. Bob Brown:

The United Kingdom is participating in discussions on this in the Economic Commission for Europe. My right hon. Friend will make a decision in the light of the outcome of these discussions.

Mr. Wilson:

But I hope that something can be done about this soon. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the most vulnerable parts of a car are the side panels, and that many fatal accidents result from a car pulling out and being struck a glancing blow by an overtaking car? Surely something can be done to prevent such accidents by insisting on provisions for clearing the back window of a car, so that the inside mirror can be of some use?

Mr. Brown:

It is true that rear vision for the driver is essential, but this can already be achieved in a variety of ways. We do not consider that this is a matter of such urgency that we need to anticipate international action. We shall consider it again in the light of possible international regulations.