§ 1. Mr. Loveys
asked the Minister of Transport whether he will take steps to make it illegal for any vehicle to be parked within a prescribed distance of a road junction.
§ The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport (Mr. Stephen Swingler)
This is a possibility being considered by the Department in a comprehensive review, with the police and others concerned, of the legal and practical aspects of obstruction. Meanwhile, local authorities are in many places introducing more restrictions on waiting and loading or unloading junctions.
§ Mr. Loveys
Although there is much to be said for giving local authorities responsibility for regulations on non-trunk roads, is not this an instance in which an overall policy would reduce confusion and, therefore, add to safety?
§ Mr. Swingler
Yes, Sir; we consider that it would be desirable to have an overall policy, but we have to take into account the many and varied local circumstances. This is why a special study is now being made to see whether it is possible to have standardised regulations on the subject.