HC Deb 08 May 1963 vol 677 cc425-6
21. Mr. Spriggs

asked the Minister of Transport if he will give separate figures of road traffic deaths and injuries for each year since 1955 in the United Kingdom; and, in view of those deaths and injuries, what qualifications he will lay down in his regulations made under Section 23 of the Road Traffic Act 1962 for professional driving instructors.

Mr. Hay

With permission I will circulate the figures in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

We are considering what qualifications a driving instructor should have to obtain registration under Section 23 of the 1962 Act, and my right hon. Friend will announce them as soon as possible. While we believe that better tuition will help to raise driving standards generally, I would remind the hon. Member that many accidents result from drivers ignoring safe principles even after they have been properly taught.

Mr. Spriggs

When the Parliamentary Secretary and his right hon. Friend consider what is to be done, will they take into consideration the 21,515 people seriously injured in the last three months of 1962, and the 1,949 people who were killed in road traffic accidents in the same months?

Mr. Hay

Yes, Sir. I can assure the hon. Member and the House that these and similar figures are always in the mind of my right hon. Friend.

Following, are the figures:

Killed Seriously injured Slightly injured Total
1955 5,526 62,106 200,290 267,922
1956 5,367 61,455 201,138 267,960
1957 5,550 63,706 204,602 273,858
1958 5,970 69,166 224,631 299,767
1959 6,520 80,672 246,261 333,453
1960 6,970 84,443 256,138 347,551
1961 6,908 84,936 257,923 349,767
1962 6,709 83,915 251,072 341,696