HC Deb 11 March 1959 vol 601 c1254
50. Mr. G. Jeger

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation whether he is aware that on a stretch of the Al road there are single, double and triple dotted lines, single, double and triple continuous lines, a dotted line between two continuous lines, a continuous line between two dotted lines, a continuous line alongside a dotted line, and a dot-dash line; whether he will explain their significance and their respective contributions to road safety; and what consideration he has given to the need to standardise road markings.

Mr. Nugent

Some local authorities have laid down double white line markings which are not standard practice. We have given instructions for putting right these markings. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland and my right hon. Friend hope to lay before Parliament in the near future regulations which will standardise markings on the new system, and full publicity will be given to the meaning of each part of the system.

Mr. Jeger

Does the hon. Gentleman intend to maintain ten different variations of markings on this five-mile stretch of road? Have any of these markings been explained in the Highway Code?

Mr. Nugent

They will be, in the new issue of the Highway Code which we shall be bringing before Parliament shortly. In the meantime, they will be fully explained when we bring the regulations before the House. What has happened in the case to which the hon. Member refers is that there has been confusion, because old markings were not obliterated before new ones were put down.

Mr. Ernest Davies

When the regulations have been laid before the House, may we take it that it will be mandatory to abide by the markings on the roads?

Mr. Nugent

Most certainly.

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