HC Deb 01 December 1965 vol 721 c1419
41. Mr. Murray

asked the Minister of Transport if he will take steps to make red lights obligatory on the sides of articulated trailers 30 ft. in length and over.

Mr. Tom Fraser

The Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1964 already require such trailers to be fitted with side marker lamps showing white light to the front and red light to the rear.

Mr. Murray

While thanking my right hon. Friend for that reply, may I ask him to consider the enforcement of these Regulations? This matter was brought to my attention by the widow of a constituent killed when his vehicle collided with the side of a lorry. Is the Minister aware that lorries coming on to main roads constitute a danger when they are inadequately lit?

Mr. Fraser

I will certainly take note of what my hon. Friend has said.

Mr. Webster

Is the Minister aware that the vast number of Questions on the Order Paper to him regarding road safety shows the great anxiety felt by the whole House on this subject? Is he aware that we hope that the Bill, when it is presented, will be thoroughly comprehensive? Will he tell us when it will be presented?

Mr. Fraser

I hope to introduce the Bill at an early date. It will not be a thoroughly comprehensive Bill.