HC Deb 15 January 1964 vol 687 c214
38. Commander Kerans

asked the Minister of Transport whether, in view of the increasing accidents, he will introduce legislation to compel motorists to carry warning signs in their cars, as is done in certain European countries.

Vice-Admiral Hughes Hallett

My right hon. Friend is proposing to make regulations under the powers provided by Section 33 of the Road Traffic Act, 1962, which will authorise the use of such signs under prescribed conditions. The powers do not allow him to make the carriage of these signs in motor vehicles complusory, nor do we consider that it would be appropriate to do so before there had been some experience of their use in this country.

Commander Kerans

I thank my hon. and gallant Friend for that reply. It is a great step forward and anything of this nature which will prove itself in the months ahead to prevent concertina-like accidents on the M.1 and other road accidents will be welcomed by the public.