HC Deb 05 July 1927 vol 208 cc1099-100W

asked the Minister of Transport whether, in view of the fact that it is now possible to obtain efficient motor exhaust silencers, which give a high degree of silence with a minimum of back pressure, he will introduce legislation to enforce the universal use of such silencers, with the object of checking the constant increase in the noise of urban traffic?

Colonel ASHLEY

The Motor Cars (Use and Construction) Amendment Order (No. II), 1912, prescribes that a silencer, expansion chamber or other contrivance must be used upon a motor vehicle, suitable and sufficient for reducing, as far as may reasonably be practicable, the noise which would otherwise be caused by the escape of the exhaust gases. The enforcement of the law is a matter for the police. In this connection I would draw the hon. Member's attention to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary on 17th March in reply to a question by my hon. Friend the Member for the Acton Division (Sir H. Brittain).