HC Deb 04 March 1964 vol 690 cc223-4W
46. Lady Gammans

asked the Minister of Transport in view of recent accidents involving heavily loaded lorries, if he will prohibit their use on steep hills in towns, as is done at present on certain unsuitbale country roads.

Mr. Marples

Where there are specific, restrictions on country roads, they apply to the weight of the vehicle, not to that of the load. This would not be appropriate to steep main roads in towns. What we need there—and indeed on all roads—is to ensure that the weight carried does not exceed what the vehicle can safely carry, and I am considering various measures aimed at this important end.

Mr. Prior

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is satisfied with the braking efficiency of heavy lorries, in view of the increased speeds and increasing capacity at which they are operating; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Marples

I am reviewing the braking standards for heavy goods vehicles as well as other points affecting their construction and use. Proper loading, good maintenance and good driving can all contribute a great deal to safety and efficiency.