HC Deb 28 October 1953 vol 518 cc2794-5
47. Mr. Mulley

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he is aware of the distraction to motorists, and consequent danger of accidents, of the blinking lights of zebra crossings; and if he will consider some alternative means of lighting these crossings.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

No, Sir. This method of lighting pedestrian crossings was decided on after thorough trials of various alternatives, and I consider that it is a most effective way of giving warning to approaching motorists.

49. Miss Ward

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation whether he is aware of the added difficulties caused to drivers of public and private transport who cross from one local authority boundary to another and have to contend with blinking beacons and non-blinking beacons; and what action he is taking to promote uniformity in the interests of greater road safety.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I propose to make blinking beacons compulsory as soon as all local authorities have had a reason able time in which to install the mechanism. I hope that they will do their best to get the lights working as soon as possible.

Miss Ward

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the position at the present time is a blinking nuisance? Will he get on with the matter of securing uniformity?