HC Deb 22 July 1959 vol 609 cc117-8W
55. Mr. Page

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he will give an estimate, as a percentage of the number of pedestrians killed or injured on pedestrian crosings, of the number so killed or injured as a result of vehicles overtaking when at or approaching the crossing; and whether he will initiate legislation to make such overtaking a criminal offence.

Mr. Nugent

The Road Reserch Laboratory has estimated that about a quarter of the accidents on uncontrolled pedestrian crossings in the Metropolitan Police District in January and July, 1958, occurred as a result of vehicles overtaking stopped vehicles at the crossings. The new edition of the Highway Code specifically cautions drivers against this practice. We shall consider the possibility of legislation on this subject when the next convenient opportunity occurs.