§ Captain SOTHERON ESTCOURT
asked the Minister of Transport whether he has any information as to the number of motor accidents that has happened during the last 12 months owing to the overloading of lorries and other road vehicles?
§ Mr. HORE-BELISHA
I regret that no information is available on this subject beyond that contained in the Report on Fatal Road Accidents which occurred in 1933, issued by my Department. This shows that in that year 13 fatal accidents occurred the sole or contributory cause of which was given as "Vehicle overloaded, shifted or defective load." The vehicles concerned were:
Private motor vehicles—Two overloaded.
Motor vehicles—Three overloaded.
Pedal cycle—One overloaded.
Motor lorries—Seven—one overloaded, six insecure loads.