HC Deb 28 October 1953 vol 518 cc2787-8
34. Brigadier Medlicott

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the number of accidents on the roads is fewer in those parts of the United States of America where there is a compulsory check on the mechanical condition of all road vehicles every year; and if he will give further consideration to the introduction of a similar requirement in this country.

The Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation (Mr. Alan Lennox-Boyd)

I could not at present contemplate introducing a system of compulsory testing in this country in view of the large additional expenditure which would be involved in setting up and manning the necessary testing stations.

Brigadier Medlicott

Is it not clear that the mechanical condition of every vehicle, especially in the matter of steering and braking, is a vital factor in this problem of road safety? Is it not also clear that drastic steps of this kind, however expensive, will have to be taken if we are to reduce the appalling road casualties.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

The answer to the first part of my hon. and gallant Friend's supplementary question is that it is quite clear, but we have to have some regard to expense. I think it is better, at this stage anyhow, to rely on a voluntary arrangement, and I am pursuing that actively with the motor trade itself.