HC Deb 22 March 1961 vol 637 cc384-5
33. Mr. Grey

asked the Minister of Transport if he will make a statement on the inquiries his vehicle certifying officer has made concerning the use of the limitometer.

Mr. Hay

The hon. Member will by now have received the letter which I wrote to him on 2nd March on this subject. As I then said, in our view, the adoption of the limitometer or any similar device designed to indicate a vehicle's speed to other road users would not be advantageous from either the road safety or the enforcement point of view.

Mr. Grey

I thank the Parliamentary Secretary for fulfilling the promise he made some time ago to have this gadget inspected. In future, will he see that any kind of safety device which comes to his notice is inspected before he makes up his mind, because in the case to which I referred the Department had decided not to accept the idea before inspecting the gadget? When the certifying officer went to inspect it, his mind was biased. Will the Parliamentary Secretary therefore ensure that other ideas which are submitted will be inspected before being rejected?

Mr. Hay

We receive details week by by week and month by month of a vast number of devices which are believed by those who put them forward to have a road safety value. I cannot guarantee that we will comprehensively investigate each one, because many are repetitions of earlier ideas, but we will certainly neglect no opportunity to improve road safety where we can.

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