HC Deb 14 November 1934 vol 293 c1958
45. Lieut. - Colonel MacANDREW

asked the Minister of Transport how many feet his Department calculate a motor vehicle (average as regards weight, brakes, and tyres) moving at 20 miles per hour requires to be brought to rest on a slippery (but not frosty) road?


The problem which my hon. and gallant Friend sets me does not, in view of the varying conditions, permit of a definite answer. It should, however, be generally realised that, in the circumstances which he describes, the stopping distance of a motor vehicle may be 75 feet, even with good, although not perfect, brakes.

Lieut.-Colonel MacANDREW

Does that not show how misleading it is for pedestrians to imagine that they can walk out safely in front of an approaching vehicle?


That would apply in any event more strongly if there were no pedestrian crossings. The motorist must allow for the speed at which he is travelling.