HC Deb 30 November 1939 vol 355 cc228-9
36. Mr. Levy

asked the. Home Secretary whether he will authorise the simultaneous use of two headlamps, properly masked, in order to ease the difficulties of motorists and reduce the risks to pedestrians during the black-out?

Sir J. Anderson

The headlamp mask now coming into general use should greatly improve the driving light available to motorists. The use of both headlamps simuĺtaneously would give too great an amount of light on the road surface unless the intensity of each lamp were very greatly reduced. I am advised that it is very doubtful indeed whether on balance this would be an advantage.

Mr. Levy

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the list of casualties on the road is steadily mounting greater and greater, and would it not be wise in the interests of pedestrians and of the general population of the country to allow motorists more light, and would it not be beneficial for pedestrians and motorists?

Sir J. Anderson

My hon. Friend will find that he is mistaken in regard to the toll of accidents on the roads. The numbers have, fortunately, shown a decline. On the other matter, the technical matter, I must be guided by the best advice available.

Mr. Paling

Have any number of these lamps been supplied to motorists?

Sir J. Anderson

Not as yet.