HC Deb 15 July 1959 vol 609 cc411-2
50. Sir G. Wills

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation what progress has been made towards a mandatory requirement for the fitting of direction indicators on all road vehicles.

Mr. Nugent

We are proposing to amend the present Regulations in order to achieve a greater degree of standardisation in flashing direction indicators Until we have some experience of the effect of these changes, I think it would be better not to make direction indicators compulsory.

Sir G. Wills

Would not my hon. Friend agree that the sooner we can make some progress in this matter the greater safety there will be on our roads?

Mr. Nugent

I warmly agree with my hon. Friend. It is a very complicated, technical matter to establish standards suitable for all circumstances at home and abroad. We are near reaching agreement with the manufacturers, and I shall certainly see what can be done to hasten it.