HC Deb 31 July 1963 vol 682 c73W
80. Mr. Hayman

asked the Minister of Transport whether, in the course of his review of the conditions to be satisfied before he authorises the conveyance of heavy and cumbersome loads by road, he will consider means of arranging for warning to be given beforehand to the highway authorities and police authorities concerned and for costs incurred by them thereby to be reimbursed by the hauliers.

Mr. Galbraith

Under the regulations governing the movement of abnormal indivisible loads, hauliers are required to give at least two days' advance notice to police, highway and bridge authorities concerned. The police have power to control the date and time of movement and the route.

Hauliers must bear the costs of any work on roads or bridges needed to be carried out in advance, and must also indemnify the authorities against any damage which may be caused by the vehicle or its load.

On the question of police costs, I would refer the hon. Member to the replies given by my hon. Friend the Joint Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department on 30th May to my hon. Friend the Member for Hereford (Mr. Gibson-Watt).