HC Deb 30 January 1959 vol 598 cc160-1W
Mr. Janner

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation how many accidents are caused by skidding on metal studs, strips, arrows, or letters; and whether he will consider replacing such studs with non-slippery material of the kind used in many European countries.

Mr. Watkinson

We have no figures of accidents due to skidding on metal road markings. Accidents in which a slippery road surface of any sort is held to be a contributory factor, for example, smooth asphalt, but excluding trouble due to weather such as ice or snow, amount to one-third of one per cent., or approximately 750 out of the 220,000 accidents per year.

The choice of materials for road markings is a matter for highway authorities. Metal is often chosen by the large urban authorities because of the very heavy traffic in their areas and the consequent service wear on road markings.

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