HC Deb 24 February 1970 vol 796 cc960-1
5. Mr. Brian Harrison

asked the Minister of Transport what consideration is being given to the environmental effects of 44-ton lorries and 56-ton lorry trailer combinations.

The Minister of Transport (Mr. Frederick Mulley)

I am considering generally how environment might be affected, and what safeguards might be possible, if the heavier vehicles were allowed. In particular I am looking at the effects on safety, congestion, noise, vibration and pollution. Organisations with special interests in these fields are being consulted.

Mr. Harrison

Would the right hon. Gentleman please look at the effect of these enormous vehicles indiscriminately using small roads between the Midlands and the East Coast?

Mr. Mulley

I understood the hon. Member was more concerned about the possible increase in size. Certainly the size of roads and the strength of bridges are matters to which we give careful consideration.

Mr. Blackburn

Will the Minister also look at the growing practice of heavy lorries travelling in convoy?

Mr. Mulley

I will certainly note that point, but I am not quite certain what my hon. Friends wishes me to do about it.

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