HC Deb 21 July 1959 vol 609 cc1049-50
20. Mr. Page

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works, as representing the Lord President of the Council if he will make a statement as to the stage reached by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research in the investigation of anti-skid devices in respect of road surfaces and of vehicles; and what conclusions can now be drawn as to the reduction of accidents by the universal adoption of any particular devices of that nature.

Mr. H. Nicholls

Three lines of investigation show promising results:

  1. (1) A device to control braking without the locking of wheels.
  2. (2) The application of appropriate road surface dressings at accident "black spots".
  3. (3) The possible use of high hysteresis rubber in tyres.
The application of any of these methods should help materially to reduce road accidents.

Mr. Page

Would my hon. Friend consider combining all the results in some readable document? They are at present scattered over the reports of the Road Research Laboratory. Taken individually, do they not show that a great contribution to road safety would be made if these devices were adopted?

Mr. Nicholls

They certainly do, and I will pass on my hon. Friend's comments to my noble Friend.

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