HC Deb 10 April 1963 vol 675 cc172-3W
93. Mr. Dance

asked the Minister of Transport if he is yet in a position to make a statement on the wider use of mud-flaps on motor vehicles.

Mr. Marples

Experiments have shown that flexible mud-flaps cannot be fitted to motor vehicles in such a way as to prevent the wheels from throwing spray into the path of following vehicles. It is likely that better results could be achieved by improving the design of rigid mud-guarding, which on many vehicles is not well suited for its purpose. Future work is being undertaken with this object in view. If this is successful, it may be possible then to strengthen the regulations by laying clown more precise requirements for mud-guarding.

96. Mr. Wainwright

asked the Minister of Transport if, with a view to legislation, he will take steps to arrange discussions with motor manufacturers on what would be the extra cost per vehicle for the installation of some suitable form of burglar alarm.

Mr. Marples

No. I do not consider that such legislation would be justified.