HC Deb 22 March 1961 vol 637 c383
29. Mr. E. Taylor

asked the Minister of Transport if he will introduce legislation to make the use of dipped headlights compulsory on a moving vehicle after lighting-up time.

Mr. Marples

The power to do this is included in the Road Traffic Bill which was published today. If and when Parliament approves the Bill, the precise use of the power will need more study.

Mr. Taylor

While I thank my right hon. Friend for going part of the way, he could, in my view, have gone much further. Is he aware that at least two coroners—one in Bolton and one in Coventry—have criticised the use of sidelights only in two instances where fatal accidents occurred? Should not some legislation be introduced? If it saved only one life, it would be of great benefit.

Mr. Marples

I quite agree with my hon. Friend. At the moment there is no statutory requirement that vehicles should be fitted even with headlamps. We are proposing to ask Parliament to give us that power in the Road Traffic Bill, and I can assure my hon. Friend that as soon as Parliament gives us the power we shall act upon it.

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