§ 44. Mr. George Jeger
asked the Minister of Transport whether he will make it compulsory for heavy duty vehicles to have mud flaps fitted to their rear wings.
Mr. Bob Brown
Mudguarding must be tailored to the many different types of commercial vehicle and could not readily be specified in regulation; nor are we satisfied that the cost of compulsory fitting could be justified by accident savings.
Manufacturers have been asked to take account, when designing vehicles, of recommendations on spray control made by the Road Research Laboratory.
I assure my hon. Friend that we are well aware of this problem. However, only a very small proportion of the total number of accidents is directly due to mud on windscreens, although the number of accidents in which this is a contributory factor is not yet known.
Mr. Geoffrey Wilson
Would the hon. Gentleman confirm that the Road Research Laboratory is doubtful whether mud flaps are effective?