HC Deb 14 July 1969 vol 787 cc6-7
28. Mr. Dudley Smith

asked the Minister of Transport if he is aware of the increase in the number of serious accidents now taking place at crossroads marked with "Give Way" signs where previously there were "Halt" signs; and if he will reconsider his general policy over "Give Way" signs.

Mr. Bob Brown

Preliminary results of a limited survey in Warwickshire indicated no worsening of the position at T junctions but a substantial increase in accidents at some crossroads. The sample was small and we are now looking carefully at the results and particularly the nature of the sites concerned to see whether other factors—such as siting of signs—are involved.

Mr. Smith

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that it would be suicidal to do anything other than stop at most "Give Way" signs, as many people have unfortunately found to their cost? In the circumstances, can the hon. Gentleman say what are the advantages of the "Give Way" signs? Why cannot we go back to the older and much more safe "Halt" notices? [HON. MEMBERS: "Hear, hear."]

Mr. Brown

If the survey is anything to go by, clearly motorists have not got the message that in many circumstances it is suicidal to do anything other than halt at "Give Way" signs. [HON. MEMBERS: "Then why not say 'Halt'?"] I do not think that at this point in time, on this small survey, it is reasonable to talk about altering policy. Clearly we must have a lot more investigation of the subject.