HC Deb 10 February 1913 vol 48 c489
80. Mr. HIGHAM

asked whether the right hon. Gentleman's attention has been called to the representations from municipal corporations and urban district councils of Lancashire as to the vibration and damage being caused to houses arid shops adjoining main thoroughfares by heavy motor vehicles, daily increasing in number; if the President of the Local Government Board can make any modifications of the provisions of the Heavy Motor Car Order, 1904, in the direction of a reduction of the speed limit in urban districts; and if Regulations can be made requiring the compulsory provision of efficient mudguards so as to remedy the nuisance caused by the splashing and squirting of mud and dirty water on to pedestrians, shop windows, and property?


I have received representations from various local authorities on this subject. The Regulations contained in the Heavy Motor Car Order were based upon the recommendations of a Departmental Committee, and I do not see my way at present to modify the particular provisions referred to by the hon. Member, but the matter is not being lost sight of. As regards the last part of the question, the compulsory provision of mudguards appears to me to be within the scope of Regulations under the Motor Car Acts, but 1 am not satisfied that an effective mudguard has yet been invented.