HC Deb 01 December 1965 vol 721 cc1418-9
40. Mr. Doig

asked the Minister of Transport if he will introduce legislation to ensure that the safety standard for vehicles used for carrying squads of workers to farms are equal to those for public service vehicles.

Mr. Swingler

All vehicles are subject to the Construction and Use Regulations, which prohibit the carriage of passengers in a dangerous manner. We have no evidence to suggest that additional requirements are needed for vehicles used to carry farm workers, but if my hon. Friend has any we will certainly consider it.

Mr. Doig

Is my hon. Friend aware that recently in Dundee four people died when they were being transported on a lorry for this type of work? Is he aware that this is a common practice in our part of the country and will he now look to see if it is illegal and if steps can be taken to see that the law is enforced?

Mr. Swingler

Yes, Sir. I will investigate it.