HC Deb 01 March 1978 vol 945 cc452-3
21. Mr. Ronald Atkins

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will introduce legislation to enforce the addition of side rails at approximately wheel hub height in the manufacture of heavy goods vehicles in the interests of road safety.

Mr. Horam

I am having information on accidents analysed to see whether there is a case for this.

Mr. Atkins

Despite the fact that our road safety is probably superior to that of most other countries, does my hon. Friend not agree that no money should be spared to improve safety further, bearing in mind that if we are ahead on safety standards, rather than behind, as we were on pollution, it could be of advantage to our manufacturers?

Mr. Horam

I accept what my hon. Friend says. That is precisely why we are looking into the matter. I know that manufacturers in some other countries—for example, Volvo—have examined this question with great care and have concluded that it is sensible. We shall be looking at the evidence and conditions in this country to see whether it is right.

Mr. Michael McNair-Wilson

Is the hon. Gentleman satisfied that heavy lorries are keeping to speed limits on motorways?

Mr. Horam

That is a good point. I shall look into it.