HC Deb 08 November 1934 vol 293 cc1271-3
55. Captain Sir WILLIAM BRASS

asked the Minister of Transport whether he will take steps to amend the law so as to make it clear that where a motor-vehicle driver is involved in a road accident at midnight, which could have been averted by the sounding of his motor horn, he will have a good defence in civil or criminal proceedings in the plea that the sounding of the horn was prohibited by regulations made by the Minister of Transport?

Captain AUSTIN HUDSON' (Lord of the Treasury)

The Minister is advised that the regulations to which my hon. and gallant Friend refers would be a good defence to any allegation that a defendant had been guilty of negligence solely by reason of not sounding his horn. The prohibition of the use of warning instruments during the night hours entails the exercise of additional caution in driving, so that motorists should not place themselves in such a position that they must either sound their horns or be involved in an accident.


Is my hon. and gallant Friend aware that one of the chief dangers is when one car is passing another—a point which is not raised—and will he convey that to the Minister in pointing out the difficulties which arise?