HC Deb 24 July 1967 vol 751 cc35-6W
99. Mr. Rossi

asked the Minister of Transport whether she is aware of the accident which occurred at the foot of Muswell Hill on 30th June in which a police officer lost his life, and in view of the fact that this was one of a number of accidents in recent years caused by heavy lorries seeking to negotiate either Highgate Hill or Muswell Hill, what proposals she has for the prevention of similar accidents in the future; and if she will make a statement.

Mr. Swingler

I learned of this accident with very great regret.

Prevention of such accidents by road works, diversions or traffic restrictions does not appear practicable, either at Highgate Hill or Muswell Hill.

The regulations we have made requiring lorry brakes to comply with specified efficiency standards as from 1st January next, and the goods vehicle testing scheme which is planned to start operating during 1968, should help to reduce accidents in which vehicle defects and/or steep gradients are factors.

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