HC Deb 11 December 1950 vol 482 c792
13. Mr. Russell

asked the Minister of Transport if he will introduce legislation to fix a standard height above the ground for bumpers on motor cars.

Mr. Barnes

The Committee on Road Safety considered the matter in their Final Report (1947) but did not recommend compulsory standardisation of bumpers, even for private cars. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has issued a standard for the guidance of manufacturers, and, in my view, this should be sufficient.

Mr. Russell

Is the Minister aware that there is still a big difference in the height of bumpers of various types of cars? Does he not agree that a standard height would save a great deal of the minor damage which is caused by one car running into the back of another?

Mr. Barnes

My answer shows that there is something in the point. The action now being taken by manufacturers ought to help very substantially in this direction. Possibly it is better to let the trade prepare the way before adopting a severe method of standardisation.