§ 16. Mr. Awbery
asked the Minister of Transport if he is aware of the large number of accidents caused by the overloading of lorries; and if he wild make regulations requiring the painting in a prominent place on all commercial vehicles of the maximum load tonnage above which it will be an offence to load such vehicles.
§ Mr. Hay
In 1958, 353 accidents were reported by the police as attributable to overloading, or to shifted or defective load; we expect shortly to discuss with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders a scheme under which the maximum permitted weight would be displayed on an embossed plate on every goods vehicle.
§ Mr. Awbery
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that lorry drivers are often held responsible for the overloading of their 2337 vehicles and that there is nothing on these vehicles to indicate how much the load should be? Since railway wagons carry notices indicating both the tare and the maximum load, could the same be done on road vehicles?