HC Deb 20 December 1967 vol 756 cc1240-1
7. Sir G. Nabarro

asked the Minister of Transport when she will introduce legislation with regard to faulty tyres.

Mr. Swingler

Regulations were laid before the House on the 5th of this month to strengthen the Motor Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations with regard to the maintenance of tyres.

Mr. Nabarro

When does the hon. Gentleman expect these Regulations to become operative and effective? Is he aware that more accidents and fatalities on the roads today may be attributed to faulty tyres than to drunken driving?

Mr. Swingler

We are well aware of the importance of raising the standard of tyre fitness. These Regulations will come into operation on 1st April next year. We are deliberately giving a period of advance notice to enable all concerned, who are now aware of the standards that we are laying down, to make themselves fit by that date.

Mr. Gresham Cooke

Will these Regulations apply to the Prime Minister's car?

Mr. Swinger

indicated assent.