HC Deb 19 April 1967 vol 745 cc559-60
28. Mr. Barnes

asked the Minister of Transport when she will announce a specification of minimum standards for tyres for inclusion in the annual car tests.

Mr. John Morris

The requirements of the Motor Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations as to the condition of tyres have to be strengthened before my right hon. Friend can consider when tyres should be added to the items covered by the annual car tests. Her proposals on tyre condition are being discussed with organisations concerned.

Mr. Barnes

I thank my hon. Friend for that reply. Would he not agree that, as it becomes easier for comparatively inexperienced drivers to acquire third-and fourth-hand cars—which is probably the tendency—tyre tests and other means of strengthening the annual car tests would be very welcome?

Mr. Morris

I agree with my hon. Friend. This is why my right hon. Friend has circulated her proposals. Consultations are taking place with the organisations concerned. A number of practical difficulties have been disclosed, but I hope that they will be resolved fairly soon.

Mr. Gresham-Cooke

Is my hon. Friend aware that this matter has been discussed now for about three years between various organisations? Could it not be brought to a head in the next few months?

Mr. Morris

I hope that it will be, very soon.