HC Deb 14 November 1934 vol 293 cc1979-80W

asked the Minister of Transport whether his attention has been called to certain road accidents in which motor vehicles have caught fire following collision; whether he can supply figures as to the number of fires in motor vehicles following collisions during the present year; and whether he has investigated the possibility of preventing such fires by means of automatic disconnection of the electric circuits in the event of impact?


I regret that I cannot supply figures of the number of fires following collisions of motor vehicles. The risk of dangerous fire as a result of a collision has been reduced by the trend of modern design and, while my Department has examined various devices for disconnecting electric circuits in the event of collisions, as at present advised, I do not feel justified in making the use of any device hitherto examined compulsory.