HC Deb 08 February 1956 vol 548 cc1655-6
44. Mr. Janner

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation the exact meaning of the new proposed road sign instructing drivers to yield right of way; and what arrangements will be made to include an explanation of this in the Highway Code.

Mr. Watkinson

This sign is intended to indicate to the motorist, more positively than the present "Slow" sign, that traffic on the major road ahead has priority. I propose to await the results of the experiment before I decide whether general use of the sign is desirable.

Mr. Janner

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there are dozens of definitions given of the word "yield" in the dictionary, and that there is, therefore, a likelihood of confusion? Will he give an idea of what the cost will be if he has to remove the signs being put up now?

Mr. Watkinson

I am carrying out a limited experiment, because I think that that is the simplest and most practical way of deciding whether this word is right or wrong.

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