Road Accidents

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport Industries – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th November 1970.

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Photo of Mr Patrick Wall Mr Patrick Wall , Haltemprice 12:00 am, 25th November 1970

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what was the total number of road accidents in the past year attributable to badly loaded or overloaded lorries.

Photo of Mr John Peyton Mr John Peyton , Yeovil

In 1969 302 lorries were involved in accidents resulting in personal injury where a defective load was considered to have been a contributory factor.

Photo of Mr Patrick Wall Mr Patrick Wall , Haltemprice

Does my right hon. Friend agree that this rather sad chapter of accidents is even more intensive near the major ports. Will he look into the whole problem of the overloading of open lorries?

Photo of Mr John Peyton Mr John Peyton , Yeovil

I shall be only too glad to look into the matter with great care. It is easier to pose the problem than to solve it.