HC Deb 25 May 1960 vol 624 cc437-8
22. Mr. Tiley

asked the Minister of Transport if, in the interest of road safety, he will make arrangements to introduce a safer, smaller and cheaper type of road bollard instead of the present ones, which are a danger to motorists and pedestrians alike owing to their size, shape and construction.

Mr. Hay

Experience has not shown that the present bollards, which conform with a British Standard Specification of 1959, are a danger to motorists and pedestrians. If evidence can be produced that alternative designs are better, I should be glad to ask the British Standards Institution to review the 1959 specification.

Mr. Tiley

I can send my hon. Friend evidence which shows that the obstructions now being placed in the road in many thousands of places are extra hazards. Is my hon. Friend aware that these massive constructions are each 4 feet in height and 1 foot 4 inches at their widest part, and that if six of them are placed round a traffic island they block the vision for nearly three yards, and must of necessity prove an additional hazard on our roads? I hope that the matter will be properly considered.

Mr. Hay

If my hon. Friend has some evidence that he wishes to send me, I shall certainly look at it and consider the matter further.