HC Deb 31 May 1933 vol 278 cc1870-1
19. Mr. DORAN

asked the Minister of Transport if in view of the ineffectiveness of rear reflectors carried by pedal cyclists, he will consider introducing legislation to compel all cyclists to use a rear-light in place of the reflector?

Lieut.-Colonel HEADLAM

Parliament decided in 1927, in the Road Transport Lighting Act of that year, that in the case of pedal cycles and tricycles an efficient red reflector might be carried in place of a red rear lamp. The question will need to be reviewed when the statistics which the police are at present supplying to my Department with regard to fatal road accidents are analysed. My hon. Friend cannot give any undertaking with regard to the introduction of legislation on the subject.


Is the hon. and gallant Member aware that the absence of lights on cycles puts an undue strain on the motor driver and, therefore, leads to less-efficiency in driving on the roads?

Lieut.-Colonel HEADLAM

I am well aware of the point to which the hon. Member alludes.


Is it not true that most cycle accidents are caused by cyclists riding three abreast on the roads?

Lieut.-Colonel HEADLAM

We shall know more about that when we have received the report which is now being made.