§ Mr. Russell
asked the Minister of Transport if he is aware that some lorries are so constructed that their drivers find it difficult to see pedestrians crossing immediately in front of them when they are stationary; and if he will consult with the motor industry with a view to remedying this danger to pedestrians.
§ Mr. Marples
Yes. The motor industry has, however, given much attention to this problem in recent years, and visibility from the cabs of modern lorries has been greatly improved, so that drivers can see most pedestrians. More recently the fitting of additional transparent panels, at a low level in some cases, has enabled a driver to see part
CASUALTIES ON THE A.5 BETWEEN ITS JUNCTIONS WITH THE APPROACH ROAD TO THE NORTHERN END OF THE M.1 AND ITS JUNCTION WITH THE A.426 — Killed Seriously injured Slightly injured Riders, drivers and passengers in motor vehicles Pedal cyclists Pedestrians Riders, drivers and passengers in motor vehicles Pedal cyclists Pedestrians Riders, drivers and passengers in motor vehicles Pedal cyclists Pedestrians Before the motorway was opened (1958–1959*) 1 — — 27 — — 42 — — After the motorway was opened (1959–1960*) 1 — — 27 — — 24 — 1 * Period 2nd November to 1st November. The Road Research Laboratory estimates that traffic on this stretch of road has increased by about 50 per cent. over the period in question.
of the roadway immediately in front of his vehicle on the near side.
I shall keep the position under review.