HC Deb 19 June 1968 vol 766 cc1096-7
29. Mr. Rankin

asked the Minister of Transport if he is aware that a recent study by Mr. Meyer H. Parry, a copy of which has been sent to him, shows that motor drivers exhibit an overt aggressive behaviour on too many occasions to other drivers often with serious results to themselves and other road users; and what steps he intends taking to improve behaviour while driving on the roads.

Mr. Bob Brown

The steps we are taking to improve driver behaviour were outlined in the Government's White Paper—" Road Safety—A Fresh Approach " [Command 3339]. We have already inaugurated the publicity programme and action to implement the other proposals outlined in the White Paper is well advanced. Research by the Road Research Laboratory into the problem of driver behaviour is also continuing.

Mr. Rankin

I agree with what is being done, but does my hon. Friend agree with me that the social misbehaviour reported by Mr. Parry, added to driving misdemeanours, results in a toll of death and injury to Britons which is a disgrace to the country? Does he not agree that more traffic wardens, both mobile and stationary, would be of immense help in reducing this burden?

Mr. Brown

While I do not want to comment on Mr. Parry's book, I agree generally with what my hon. Friend has said, and I am sure that my right hon. Friend will consider his proposition.