HC Deb 25 January 1937 vol 319 c564
35. Mr. Day

asked the Postmaster-General the number of mechanically-propelled Royal mail vans that are owned by the Post Office; and particulars of any accidents in which personal injuries or injuries with fatal results have been caused by such vans to members of the public during the 12 months ended to the last convenient date?

Major Tryon

On 31st December last the Post Office owned 5,281 motor mail vans. Particulars of the total number of accidents causing personal injury to members of the public are not readily available for motor mail vans as distinct from other motor mail vehicles, but during the year 1936 these vans were involved in four accidents involving fatal injuries.

Mr. Day

Are the drivers liable for third-party insurance, or does the Post Office take the responsibility?

Major Tryon

I informed the House not long ago that we are in exactly the same position as anybody else with vans. May I add that we have far more mail-vans than two years ago, and that the number of fatal accidents is half what it was then?