HC Deb 14 February 1962 vol 653 cc1300-1
37. Mr. Pym

asked the Minister of Transport whether he will revise the rules concerning rear lights on pedal cycles so that in future they will be brighter and thus contribute to greater safety on the roads at night.

Mr. Hay

My right hon. Friend has recently made Regulations for this purpose. The Road Vehicles Lighting (Amendment) Regulations, 1961, have the effect of requiring that after 18th October next all pedal cycles must have rear lamps which were manufactured to meet the relevant British Standard specification on light output.

Mr. Pym

While thanking my hon. Friend for that reply, which I am very glad to hear, may I ask him if he thinks that this regulation will overcome the danger which motorists feel—that, against the glare of on-coming headlights, they find it extremely difficult to see these rearlights on bicycles—and does he think that this danger has now been overcome?

Mr. Hay

I hope so. The specification based on the British Standard has been drawn up with this point very much in mind.

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