HC Deb 30 May 1906 vol 158 cc390-1
MR. S. COLLINS (Lambeth, Kennington)

To ask the Secretary for the Home Department, in view of the fatal accidents which occurred in the Walworth Road to William Warren Rider on May 2nd, who was killed by a motor omnibus, to Frederick Hill on May 3rd, to Leonard Boot, and also to Mrs. Harrison, who was severely injured and has since died, he proposes to take any steps to better secure the safety of the public.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Gladstone.) I am informed that in one of the cases mentioned the man, who was a motor driver, was killed through missing his footing while endeavouring to mount the seat of a motor-bus which was in motion; and that in another case a man slipped and fell into the roadway while attempting to enter a tramcar in motion, and before he could recover himself was run over by a motor-bus which was following the tramcar. I have not been able to obtain particulars of the other accidents. The police will not fail to take action where there is reckless driving or other infringement of the law, but in the cases I have referred to there seems to have been no blame attaching to the drivers.