HC Deb 24 June 1966 vol 730 cc170-1W
Mr. Berry

asked the Minister of Transport what signs are erected on the roadside to advise motorists of the proximity of school crossing patrols; whether there is uniformity throughout the country in the use of these signs; and whether she is satisfied that these signs are adequate for their purpose.

Mr. Swingler

The Worboys Committee recommended a new warning sign for general use on roads not subject to a speed limit of 30 m.p.h. or less to advise drivers of the proximity of school crossing patrols. The signs are illustrated in diagrams 545 and 547 of the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions, 1964. In addition a new portable sign with which the patrols can stop traffic at crossings has been introduced; this is prescribed in the Traffic Signs (School Crossing Patrols) (England and Wales) Regulations, 1964, and it is in uniform use throughout the country.

All these are much more effective than the previous signs. The warning sign can be made still more conspicuous if it is internally illuminated in such a way as to flash when the patrol is actually operating.

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