§ 55. Mr. DENVILLE
asked the Minister of Transport the number of accidents caused by motor vehicles skidding in the following groups: fatal accidents, non-fatal but in which persons were injured, accidents to vehicles; and what proposal has he to make with a view to minimising the numbers?
§ The MINISTER of TRANSPORT (Mr. Hore-Belisha)
In the return for 1933 skidding was given as a main or a contributory cause in 290 fatal accidents in which motor vehicles were involved, and in 98 in which pedal cyclists were involved. Corresponding figures for non-fatal accidents are not available. I do everything in my power to encourage the provision of non-skid surfaces on the roads, and tyres on motor vehicles are required by the regulations to be free from any defect which may cause danger.
§ Mr. DENVILLE
Is it not a fact that skidding is caused by the roads in most parts of the country being very smooth? Is not this a national and not a parochial affair, and is there anything which the House can do by which the Minister can have power to deal with it?
§ Mr. SIMMONDS
Has the hon. Gentleman power to compel authorities who refuse to put their roads in order, to do so?