§ 32. Sir J. Langford-Holt
asked the Minister of Transport what factors have caused the decline of road accidents per 1,000 vehicles involving death from 3.2 in 1930 to 0.5 in 1967.
§ Sir J. Langford-Holt
The figures having been reduced to one-sixth of the previous level, is it not high time that the motorist was for a change given some credit for doing something good instead of always being penalised and threatened?
§ Mr. Marsh
I would not want to be in the position of either penalising or threatening motorists, and there is considerable evidence to show that the motorist is well aware of the responsibilities he has to himself and to others. It is, of course, important to put this matter in its right context and I agree that the evidence available at present shows that we are getting a better performance from the point of view of road accidents.
Mr. Gresham Cooke
Apart from the standard of driving, which appears to be steadily improving year by year, has the Minister noticed the recent reports of the Metropolitan Police, in which satisfaction is expressed with the increased safety that has been brought about by traffic engineering improvements in the Metropolitan area, which have had the effect 409 of bringing about an improvement of perhaps 30 per cent. in terms of road accidents?